Headteachers freed to decide how much homework to set
The government has revoked the homework guidance introduced by Labour in 1998, leaving headteachers free to decide how much homework should be set in their schools.
The guidance stated that pupils aged five to seven should do an hour of homework a week, rising to two and a half hours per night for Key Stage 4 pupils.
According to the BBC, the move means that in theory schools could choose to set no homework at all. The DfE commented, however, that 'homework is part and parcel of a good education', and Ofsted's 2012 inspection framework states that inspectors must consider 'the extent to which teachers enable pupils to develop the skills to learn for themselves... including setting appropriate homework to develop their understanding.'
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