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How much homework is the right amount

by By David Goodwin, Principal of  Britannica International School Shanghai

“Parents should support and encourage” says Principal

How much homework is the right amount

Good British style education takes a balanced approach to the amount of homework that students are given to complete outside lessons. In addition, all good schools will have a clear homework policy that makes the completion and marking of homework both manageable for its students and for its teachers. Homework should reinforce, revise or extend work taught in the classroom, but never replace it. Parents should support and encourage their children with their homework but never have to act as teachers, teaching the work. Homework can be simply learning a list of ten spellings, or reading three or four pages of a reading book or more complex tasks such as researching the background on a topic being studied in class or completing a class project. Often as not the focus of learning that is taking place is nothing to do with the subject being learned, but the skills that are being used and developed, such as: personal organisation, self-discipline, independent learning, research and revision skills. Schools and parents can often get bogged down in debate about appropriate quantities of homework, when the real debate should be about the quality, focus and intrinsic value of the homework being set.