Recently, I’ve been having very similar conversations with a number of schools about the frustrations of “homework”. They generally go along the lines of:
However, a few innovative approaches from other schools have tackled this cleverly – maximising learning time, reducing staff workload, avoiding pressurising families and, most importantly, extending children’s learning.
A great example has been to facilitate “Learning Conversations” between children and their families that run in parallel to what is happening during school time. The idea is simple, but effective. It completely replaces homework, has much more impact on children’s learning (and on your school’s parental engagement), and goes something like this...
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