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Homework guidelines scrapped by government

05/03/2012 Kelly
Head teachers will now be responsible for determining the amount of homework their pupils are set after Michael Gove scrapped the guidelines introduced by Labour in 1998

Education secretary Michael Gove has scrapped national homework guidelines set by the government, giving head teachers control of the issue.

The news has been welcomed by people in teaching jobs, with the question of whether to set homework and how much now left to the discretion of heads.

Originally introduced under Tony Blair's Labour government in 1998, the guidelines drew complaints from parents that excessive amounts of homework were restricting the amount of time families were spending together.

Guidelines stipulated that children aged between five and seven years of age should have one hour of homework per week, increasing gradually to 2.5 hours per night for GCSE pupils.

"We trust head teachers to set the homework policy for their school," a Department for Education spokesperson said.

"They know their pupils best and should be free to make these decisions without having to adhere to unnecessary bureaucratic guidance."

Speaking to the BBC, the general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, Russell Hobby, commented that homework was about quality not quantity and just setting large volumes to meet targets did not work.

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