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There is significant evidence that indicates children improve their learning achievements, when they spend time on home learning activities.
From research we learn that:
• Homework should be part of an effective partnership between the school and parents in pursuing the aims of the school
• Homework should consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding, especially in literacy and numeracy
• Homework should exploit resources for learning, of all kinds, at home
• Homework should extend school learning, for example through additional reading
• Homework should encourage pupils as they get older to develop the confidence and self discipline needed to study on their own, and preparing them for the requirements of secondary school
We recognise the need for children to have the time to follow out of school interests and family activities and time allocations allow for these important things to take place. This has been particularly important when deciding on the days when homework will be set and collected.
Role of parents and carers in supporting pupils
Parents and carers are encouraged to:
• provide a reasonably peaceful, suitable place in which a child can do homework
• make it clear to their child/ren that they value homework and support the school in explaining how it can help their learning
• encourage children and praise them when they have completed homework
Recommended time allocation for homework
• Primary 1 and 2 – up to 10 minutes a night
• Primary 3 and 4 – up to 15 minutes a night
• Primary 5, 6 and 7 – up to 30 minutes a night