School Report: Do we get too much homework?

How much homework is too much homework? It’s a big question for pupils, teachers and parents alike. BBC Reality Check went to Sutton Community Academy in Nottinghamshire to try to find some answers, working with a group of School Reporters from Years 7 to 9.

First of all, they interviewed each other to get some basic research.

So does homework help pupils academically?

“Yes,” says Lauren, “because if you know what you’re doing for your homework, then you’ll know what to do in the next lesson.”

A big report for the Department for Education, published in 2014, concluded that students in Year 9 who spent between two and three hours on homework on an average week night were almost 10 times more likely to achieve five good GCSEs (A*-C) than students who did no homework at all.

Until 2012 schools in England were given formal advice on how much homework should be set, but schools now have more flexibility to design systems to suit their own students.

Analysis by the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) suggests pupils in China are given the largest amount of homework, and they are among the highest achievers academically.

In Finland, meanwhile, there is far less emphasis on testing and homework than in schools in the UK. And the Finns have one of the most successful education systems in the world.

Homework is important, it does make a difference, but there comes a point where handing out more and more won’t deliver better results.

Read the full article School Report: Do we get too much homework?

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