Letter: More homework just a quick fix?

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The Independent Online
Sir: Why must a half-hour of homework for a primary-age child necessitate 15 extra hours of work for teachers (letter, 14 January)?

If a Year 5 (9/10-year-old) child spends 10 minutes a night learning spellings, 10 minutes learning number facts, such as tables, and 10 minutes reading from the school/home reading scheme, the child will be well established in homework routine and will have spent his/her half-hour profitably with no additional work for teachers.

CLAIRE R KING

Birmingham

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