John Stanier

Why I’m a convert to the power of homework

Senior leader John Stanier tried to ban what he saw as a huge waste of time, but a more thorough review of the research has turned him into a proselytiser for the cause

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The story is the same in every school across the country, for the majority of teachers in the majority of lessons. The homework is set: a significant minority of the class fail to hand it in. The detentions are set: a significant minority of offenders fail to turn up. The detention with the senior leadership team is set: a significant minority of detainees fail to attend…and so the cycle continues.

As a teacher, I used to dwell on the futility of this. When I was fortunate enough to be promoted to senior leadership, I finally had the influence to put an end to it.

So, armed with recent ...

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