One year on, is it pass marks for school that banned homework?

The Sunday Post reports that it’s a debate that has divided pupils and parents for years – is homework a good idea? If one Scottish school which voted to ditch homework is being used a guinea pig, then the days of kids being given sums to do at home could be numbered.

Last November, The Sunday Post revealed Inverlochy Primary in Fort William had taken the unusual step of banning homework following a vote from pupils, parents and teachers. The school’s 10 teachers were split 5-5, while 62% of parents and 79% of pupils were in favour of a ban.

Barry Hutchison, 39, whose nine-year-old daughter Mia is in primary 4 at the school, believes the change has been a success.

“I’m delighted,” he said. “Mia is more relaxed, she has more time for clubs and seems to be performing as well, if not better, than before.

“Teachers have said there’s been no slip in standards so I’d say it’s been a resounding success.

Instead of being assigned work to take home, pupils are encouraged to read books, magazines and comics for pleasure every night in the time they used to use for homework.

Levi Maclean, a seven-year-old pupil at Inverlochy, voted to keep homework last year but his mum, Leona Jones, 35, said he was happier at home since the change. “I wasn’t sure, but it hasn’t lowered his level of learning so I’m happy. We still do reading and sums at home but there isn’t the same expectation.”

“We speak to a lot of kids at other schools which get a lot of homework, which takes a lot of time and causes arguments for adults and kids, so they are screaming out for this.”

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