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Education

Headmaster vs homework

Father of two and new headmaster at local independent school Rendcomb College, Rob Jones talks about his love-hate relationship with homework


"There are few adults, let alone twelve-year-olds, who work well after a full day’s work"

“No dad you are doing it all wrong, that is not the way we were taught to do division. You are no help at all!”

 

Arguing with my children about doing the homework, establishing what needs to be done and then trying to help - these words are usually the point at which I leave the room thinking that perhaps they would be better off in the boarding house over the road!

Joking aside, as a teacher I know that homework is a critical part of the learning cycle; either preparing or reinforcing concepts and ensuring that in-depth learning occurs. As a parent, homework is an evil causing arguments and stress with my children and spoils the precious family time that I occasionally enjoy on a weekday before bedtime.

Done correctly, homework is an opportunity for children to learn independence and self-reliance but all too often parents end up helping or completing the work for them.

Now as a Headmaster, I want to solve the ‘homework problem.’

At Rendcomb College we are evaluating how effective our current homework programme is and whether we can condense or change what we do. I am keen that we reduce the burden on younger children and in particular those up to GCSE age (year 10) – there are few adults, let alone twelve-year-olds, who work well after a full day’s work.

My vision for Rendcomb College would be to incorporate more homework into the school day for all but those in the senior years. By doing this, we will continue to provide our boarders with a home from home and enable our day pupils the opportunity to thrive both at school and with their families.

For me, life is an adventure and parents and schools must provide an environment where we can challenge and support children as they develop into young adults.

 

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