All play and no homework

26th May 2006 at 01:00
The amount of homework done by pupils has fallen significantly over the past decade, despite pressure from politicians and parents for teachers to set more.

The Schools Health Education Unit in Exeter, which has questioned more than 700,000 young people over the past 25 years, said the proportion of 12 to 13-year-olds who did homework the previous night has fallen from about 82 to 62 per cent since 1997. Fewer children are reading books for pleasure or playing sports, while more are now spending time on the internet or playing computer games.

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