Primary education: listening and observing
Primary education: listening and observing

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1 Primary school children and homework

In the UK, at the moment, there are no requirements in national education policies for children to do homework. Governments have left it to headteachers to decide how much homework to give children. Headteachers usually decide this in consultation with teaching staff, and sometimes parents.

In the following video, primary school headteacher Mark Millinson gives his views about homework. He says homework should be an opportunity for children to learn, and to involve parents in their learning.

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Mark says homework is, literally, ‘learning at home’, where children continue to develop their knowledge of the world by involving others in their learning. He also says it’s an opportunity for parents to hear children’s opinions about what they’re learning in school.

In the next section you’ll meet two children from Mark’s school and hear about their views on homework.

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