‘Convince me that homework is worth doing’

As a teenager, Andrew Jones was a self-confessed homework dodger. Now, as an assistant head, could research finally convince him of the merits of home study? Here, he recounts trialling different methods with pupils to get to the truth of the matter at last

Dog ate homework

Most of my detentions at school were for a lack of homework. I remember going through my excuses for non-completion on the bus to school. Today, if I were to ask my teenage self his opinions on homework, like many other children, the reply would be an insistence that it was a waste of time; a complaint that the chore was unnecessary; and a demand for its abolishment.

How many teachers share such a view? The relevance of homework to learning and pupil attainment, and its impact, continues to be a source of controversy among pupils, teachers and parents alike. Moreover, research investigating ...

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