The Telegraph is reporting that a primary school in Scotland has banned homework and replaced it with reading books instead.
Children at the 193-pupil Inverlochy Primary School in Fort William have been urged instead to use the time they would have spent on homework to read books, magazines and comics.
Nearly 80 per cent of pupils and 62 per cent of parents supported the move at the Highland school, while the 10 teachers were split down the middle. The school carried out a six-week trial last year during which pupils were given no homework so that they had more time to play.
Pupils were then sent home with slips that asked their parents to respond with a simple “yes” or “no” to a no-homework policy.
A spokesman for EIS, the teachers’ union, said: “It is important that all pupils develop their abilities to study independently and homework is one, but not the only, method of supporting this type of independent learning.”
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