Scottish primary school stops setting homework

Nov 7, 2016 by

A school in the Highlands has stopped setting homework for its 175 pupils.

The decision was taken at Highland Council-run Inverlochy Primary in Fort William after the children and their parents voted to scrap it.

About 80% of pupils and more than 60% of their parents voted in favour of an end to homework.

Instead of homework, the children will be encouraged to read books and comics that interest them and to play.

Highland Council allows headteachers, staff and parents to make decisions on the running of schools.

A spokeswoman for the local authority said: “Highland Council has a devolved school management system in our schools.

“The authority does not have a Highland-wide ‘no homework’ policy in place – this is something that Inverlochy Primary School is trialling in their school.”

‘Independent learning’

Scotland’s biggest teachers’ union, the EIS, said the move at Inverlochy added to a long-running discussion on the setting of homework.

A spokesperson said: “There are a wide range of views and considerable debate within the educational community regarding the value of homework as a learning tool.

“Certainly, it is important that all pupils develop their abilities to study independently and homework is one – but not the only – method of supporting this type of independent learning.

“Ultimately, it is for individual schools and teachers to determine, based on teachers’ professional judgement and knowledge of their own pupils’ learning needs, how best to structure the delivery of all aspects of the curriculum.”

The spokesperson added: “Engagement with parents – such as through parent councils and forums – is also key in this process.”

Source: Scottish primary school stops setting homework – BBC News

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