Letter: More homework just a quick fix?

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Sir: In the Sixties I served under a secondary head who was as keen on compulsory, timed homework as Tony Blair ("Schools head Blair's election agenda", 13 January).

We had a homework timetable with times specified, homework diaries, parental signatures each night, form teachers' counter-signatures with spot checks by the head. The Reichsbahn would have been envious . We said to him: "What if the lesson doesn't go the way we planned and there's nothing worthwhile to set?" His reply? "Set something just to keep the parents happy."

KEN CLARK

Bedford

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