Primary school homework scrapped, A primary school in Fort William has introduced a ‘no-homework’ policy, after over half of parents backed the move, The Telegraph reports.
Pupils at the small primary school in Fort William, Inverlochy will be encouraged to read books, magazines and comics to make use of the extra time during the week.
62 percent of parents polled, and almost 80 percent of pupils voted for the policy at the school in the Highlands, whilst teachers, who number only 10 staff, were split down the middle.
The policy was introduced permanently, following a six-week trial which took place last year. In that trial, there was more of an emphasis on children learning through extra play time, instead of doing homework.
Some parents were openly supportive of the change. One father, Barry Hutchinson, said homework was stressful children and their parents. He commented:
“Kids have so many things outside school, like clubs. They just need time to be kids.”
Mr Hutchison, whose daughter attends the school, said parents who wanted to give their children homework could find appropriate materials on the internet.
Another parent, Susan Campbell, whose eight year old son attends the school, also backed the move, saying:
“It takes up a lot of time and quite often he has after-school clubs and things like that and it can be left until 8pm at night.
He should be going to bed but instead we’re sitting doing homework with him. He’s really not that responsive at that time of night.
So we voted ‘no’ and we’ll do reading with him instead.”
A similar vote took place in another Scottish school, King’s Road Primary in Fife, which led to parents complaining that they had not been consulted.
Commenting on ‘no homework’ policies, 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.”