The benefits of homework may not be immediately apparent

Mar 11, 2019 by

By Andrew Martin –

With the start of a new school term, life for most families becomes more stressful. Adding the demands of school to an already crazy-busy life can feel like the last straw.

Research has shown that while there is a clear link between homework and achievement in high school, this link is not so clear in primary school.
Research has shown that while there is a clear link between homework and achievement in high school, this link is not so clear in primary school.

Homework is one of the most significant demands placed on families by school. Homework time is when tensions and arguments are most likely to flare up, and tears to fall. So why bother with homework?

Research has shown that while there is a clear link between homework and achievement in high school, this link is not so clear in primary school. Accordingly, it has been suggested there is no point in homework during primary school, as it has no obvious academic yield.

But this suggestion ignores one of the reasons why homework does little to improve achievement in primary school: younger children are not particularly good at doing homework. To get better, they need practice. It takes time to develop the vital knowledge, skills, and self-direction required to do homework effectively (indeed, we wouldn’t abandon soccer practice in the younger years just because children weren’t scoring goals!).

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