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Homework has little academic value for primary school students.


Homework is a word that can devastate not only children, but also parents and teachers. And, at least for primary school students, it’s possible that schools assigning homework is more trouble than it’s worth.

Homework has been shown to be beneficial in secondary school. It can be used to review material covered in class or to prepare for exams.




However, it is less clear that homework is useful for children at primary school (ages 5 to 11) or in early years education (ages 3 to 5).

There are currently no guidelines in place for how much homework primary school children in England should be assigned. Damien Hinds, then education secretary, stated in 2018 that “we trust individual school heads to decide what their homework policy will be, and what happens if pupils don’t do what’s set.”




While there is little data on how much homework primary school students do, a 2018 survey of around 1,000 parents discovered that primary students spent an average of 2.2 hours per week on homework.



Primary school students’ homework may include reading, practising spellings, or revising for tests. The Education Endowment Foundation suggests that primary school homework can be used to reinforce skills learned in school, help students prepare for tests, and prepare them for future school lessons.

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