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The value of homework

Discussion in 'Senior Leadership Team' started by billyhoyle, Feb 23, 2019.


If you had the sole choice, would you set regular homework?

  1. Yes

  2. No

  1. billyhoyle

    billyhoyle New commenter

    Some of my colleagues have questioned the value of homework. There is a feeling that regular homework for the sake of setting homework is counter productive.

    Does anyone know of any good research that can demonstrate the link between regular setting of homework and positive outcomes?
  2. simonCOAL

    simonCOAL Occasional commenter

    Hattie’s Visible Learning has details.

    Basically: in primary - hardly any value
    In secondary - more value, but needs to be done properly.

    Don’t bother signing up for eye wateringly expensive Visible Learning training, it’s all out there in books/ YouTube.
    ScienceGuy and Stiltskin like this.
  3. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

    Look at the Sutton Trust for details on the research, but a good synopsis by @simonCOAL

    The better benefits appear to come from when homework is used as a short and focused intervention rather than a regular thing (where the benefits tend to be modest at best).

    As with any teaching you need to consider the purpose of it and what's actually going to be gained by them doing it.
  4. Skeoch

    Skeoch Star commenter

    It all depends on planning. If you tack homework on as an afterthought, it won't be valuable. If you integrate the homework into the learning, it may well be effective - and so may well be the lessons!

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