If education is a joint responsibility, shared by parents and school - and we believe that it is - the responsibility for determining what children do at home is primarily that of the parents.
Although many parents want school to set work for children to do at home, some parents take a different view and there is a balance to be struck.
We believe children should be given a variety of homework tasks: they may be given weekly spellings and asked to learn multipication tables. Teachers may ask parents/carers to help their children to practise reading when they feel this will be to the advantage of the child. At other times, homework may be more creative and may even encourage members of the family to work together to make something. The amount of time spent on homework will vary depending on the age of the child.
Should parents help with homework?
Yes – all primary school pupils need regular help with their homework. Read with your child. Play games with your child and other family members. Older children also need support but should be able to work more independently as they mature. You can help in different ways:
- Find a good time - competing with TV, sport or clubs can make things difficult.
- Find a good place - somewhere reasonably quiet with a table and chair is a good start.
- Find the right tools - pencil, paper, pen, crayons; rubber, dictionary and thesaurus should cover every eventuality.
- Find out the time scale - how long should the homework take? When is the homework due back at school?
In order to provide consistency across the school and ensure that Homework is progressive year on year we have a whole school Homework Policy which is reviewed each year in consultation with staff, pupils and parents.