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Secondary school is first to ban homework

29/09/2016 Joanna

A secondary school in Colchester has become the first to ban homework, in a bid to give teachers more time to plan lessons.

Catherine Hutley, headteacher of the Philip Morant School and College in Colchester, which has 1,650 pupils, says that teachers don't have enough time to complete all of their work. She has therefore introduced this initiative to help her teachers to spend more time creating inspiring lessons.

According to the Mirror, this is the first time a state school has chosen to stop giving homework to pupils without extending school hours. However, the school has confirmed that it is still encouraging its students to undertake their own learning outside of school, and is giving prizes to the most dedicated students.

Unsurprisingly, this move has had mixed reviews from parents. Ms Hutley said of the change: "The job of a teacher is impossible. We have the most dedicated and committed staff you could possibly ask for. They are working every hour God sends but planning lessons can fall by the wayside.

"We want it to be the number one priority so teachers can plan for students' individual needs and keep on top of their progress on a daily basis."

In addition, Ms Hutley has confirmed that this new approach will be monitored. She has confirmed that if a negative impact is seen, further changes will be made. However, she is confident this will not be the case, with plans having been discussed heavily by teachers and parents for the last year in order to ensure the new scheme is successful.

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