To: Education Secretary

Ban homework in primary schools

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Jo Whitfield
Ban homework in primary schools

Please stop primary schools from giving out homework. The evidence does not support any gain in standards, but only in unnecessary pressure and anxiety for young children who need free play and quality family time for their healthy development.

Why is this important?

In 2012 Michael Gove scrapped homework guidelines that laid out how much homework schools should be setting. Let’s ask that we go a step further and scrap homework in primary schools altogether.

Schools continue to operate under the false assumption that homework is necessary for children to gain a satisfactory level of academic achievement, and to pander to the pressure from parents who also operate under this misconception.

The fact is that there is not a single piece of evidence that can show any correlation between homework and academic achievement, nor that shows any improvement in study habits.

Yet many recent studies and reports have raised serious concerns about the well-being of children, their lack of physical activity, excessive time spent in front of screens, increasingly limited time for free play, and lack of time spent outdoors.

Homework is an intrusion on family time, on children’s free time, and can be a regular source of conflict in the home. It creates unnecessary anxiety and pressure for children.

Young children already spend enough time engaged in formal school work. To expect them to bring more of this home risks overloading them and turning them off learning altogether. They learn and develop in so many other ways. Time for free play, outdoor play, pursuing their own interests, and quality family time is essential for their development and well-being.


Reasons for signing

  • Too much pressure on children there is enough of that in later years .
  • School is for work and home for leisure. The children who don't learn the difference at primary school will still struggle for a work life balance later in life. Ask the head teacher who insists that they have to give out homework because the rest of the parents want it just how many parents s/he is actually talking about and if half or less why they get their way all the time.
  • Kids go to school for 6 hours per day in the week! More than half their time is at school... why should they then come home to do an hours worth of hone work! What are we paying teachers for?! Spelling tests at 5? Ridiculous!


2015-11-28 11:21:43 +0000

5,000 signatures reached

2015-11-20 10:11:38 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2015-10-28 06:48:53 +0000

500 signatures reached

2013-10-31 20:39:46 +0000

100 signatures reached

2013-10-16 20:05:07 +0100

50 signatures reached

2013-10-16 15:34:58 +0100

25 signatures reached

2013-10-16 13:38:49 +0100

10 signatures reached