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How Much Homework Should Your Child Be Getting?

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 4 May 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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More often than not our children tell us they have too much homework but it is important to take into account what exactly the government and the Department of Children, Schools and Families have set down as the appropriate amount of homework to be done by children at home.

It is also worth noting at this juncture plans which are afoot to reduce the amount of homework that children have to do and these plans are nearing finalisation.

Why Does My Child Need to do Homework?

Homework is set for a number of reasons; the main reason being that it encourages children to learn on their own and also to improve their own independent learning skills. In other words homework is set to encourage children to work on their own and not simply rely on a teacher setting them work within a classroom environment.

In addition to this homework is designed to help back up what is learned in the classroom and to show that the child in question is capable of understanding – and is understanding – what is being taught to them within a classroom environment.

How Much Homework Should My Child Be Bringing Home?

Depending on the age of your child will depend on how much homework he or she is set during the course of a school week. Of course it is important to remember that homework is not only a means of allowing your child’s teachers to see how they are doing; it is also designed so that you – the parent – can also see how they are progressing.

As we have already mentioned the amount of time spent during the course of a week producing homework depends entirely on the age of your child.

Primary School Children

If your child is attending a primary school they will be expected to produce between thirty minutes to two and a half hours worth of homework in the school week. This breaks down as the following:

  • Year 1 & 2 : 60 minutes per week
  • Year 3 & 4 : 90 minutes per week
  • Year 5 & 6 : 30 minutes per day

Secondary School Children

By the time your child has reached secondary school education he or she will be expected to produce between one to two and a half hours of homework per day. This may sound a lot but you should also take into consideration that during their time at secondary school they will also be expected to produce coursework and revise for examinations.

The times break down as follows:

  • Year 7 & 8 : 30 to 90 minutes per day
  • Year 9 : 60 to 120 minutes per day
  • Year 10 : 90 to 250 minutes per day

This may perhaps sound like a lot as we have already mentioned but you should take into consideration that coursework for GCSE examinations also play a large part in the amount of time spent on homework whilst in secondary school education.

Motivating My Child When It Comes to Homework

As many parents know trying to keep a child interested in something like homework especially when there are such things as video games, television shows and the Internet to distract them can be difficult. It is important to remember that your child has a limited attention span especially when the subject might not be something that particularly grabs their attention.

With this in mind it is reasonable to allow them to take breaks if they are struggling and also to spend time alongside them trying to offer guidance and support where possible.

If you are in any doubt as to the amount of homework your child has then you should contact their form teacher or head teacher and ask as to how much homework is being allocated during the course of a week; this is not an infringement on their ability to learn but simply a helping hand at a time in their life when it is needed most.

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Molly23 - Your Question:
I am in year 8 at the moment and I do 15 subjects at school. (not by choice)I have to wake up at 5:30 every school morning to do homework, then I go to school and do my extra curricular activities, get home at 5:30 (or later if there is a fixture like there quite often is then it is 6:30 - 7) start hwk at 8 and get yelled at by my parents because I am not asleep by 11pm. I repeat this everyday, and at the weekends I don't have any "free time" because I'm still doing homework. Yet, I still cant hand my homework in on time. I have tried to explain this to my teachers, but they say that everyone else is able to do it,so so should I. I have recently have to stop 3 clubs that I do (2 week time, 1 weekend) because I am getting so stressed. I would really really appreciate some help here.

Our Response:
Do you have someone you can sit down with an plan your day? You might want to approach your parents and tell them you need their help as your work schedule is currently counter-productive. If you speak to them on an adult level and ask them how they suggest you make the best of the situation, they may just realise you are seriously under pressure. If they cannot help, a teacher/school mentor/homework planner will be able to try to help you with your timetable. If you are struggling, you may have to drop some more extra-curricular activities until you have your subject and homework workload under control. Yes, other students may be coping, but not everyone is the same. Your teachers should realise this and take time to help.
eHomework - 5-May-17 @ 1:47 PM
I am in year 8 at the moment and I do 15 subjects at school. (not by choice) I have to wake up at 5:30 every school morning to do homework, then I go to school and do my extra curricular activities, get home at 5:30 (or later if there is a fixture like there quite often is then it is 6:30 - 7) start hwk at 8 and get yelled at by my parents because I am not asleep by 11pm. I repeat this everyday, and at the weekends I don't have any "free time" because I'm still doing homework. Yet, I still cant hand my homework in on time. I have tried to explain this to my teachers, but they say that everyone else is able to do it,so so should I. I have recently have to stop 3 clubs that I do (2 week time, 1 weekend) because I am getting so stressed. I would really really appreciate some help here.
Molly23 - 4-May-17 @ 7:37 PM
I am only 12 and yet I am doing up to 4 hours of homework a day. I have now been diagnosed with severe anxiety due to the pressure of exams and homework and I'm not even a teenager yet! I get at LEAST 10 pieces of homework a week and that includes tons of essays. I sometimes wish I could give up on school.
Leia - 4-Mar-17 @ 1:58 PM
@homeworkisruiningmyl - Have a word with one of your teachers and they will be able to help you construct some sort of a timetable. But good luck - you will go on to do great things I'm sure as you are obviously very bright. Jill.
JSB - 27-Feb-17 @ 12:01 PM
I'm currently in year 9 at a grammar school, one of the best in the country. I've noticed that the step up from year 8 to year 9 was huge in terms of homework, and we currently get approx. 17 pieces a week, ranging from essays and projects to answering questions and completing work at school. I'm fed up of this, as I also love sports and drama. I am now starting to have to sacrifice my extra curricular activities just to complete my homework on time. As soon as I get home from school, I work practically non stop until about 10pm. Even this isn't enough- I then have to wake up at around 6am the next morning to finish homework due in on that day. It is ridiculous. And even with all this, I still find my self working over the whole weekend. I never have time to go out and do things I want to do on my 'free day off'. I wish I only got 60 mins a day but the reality is I do about 4 hours, if not more. Homework is making me so stressed and I'm worried because my GCSE courses haven't even started yet. I don't know what to do :(
homeworkisruiningmyl - 26-Feb-17 @ 2:47 PM
I'm really worried as my year 10 son never has homework ever. And not just year 10 the last 2 years has been very slack. The only homework I've ever seen him do is maths and that is like 20min tops. I know all coursework has stopped now for GCSEs and I'm worried teachers now don't know what to send home for homework as they aren't sure what or where they are with this new exams. Any help would be fab.
Goldi - 8-Jan-17 @ 4:56 PM
I'm in year 8 and I get so much homework! Yesterday was Friday, and I was doing my homework from 5 PM to 1 AM, just so that I couldn't enjoy my weekend! It's too much... I never get to do any hobbies or things that I really enjoy.
Georgia - 7-Jan-17 @ 11:30 PM
Don't have to do any homework it's not a legal requirement
Rebel79 - 11-Nov-16 @ 1:21 PM
I go to school 6 days a week and I'm in year 10, I get home Saturday at 5pm and I have a tutor who gives me hwk then I do that hwk till about 10 or 11, then on Sunday on my 'day off' I wake up at 8 and do maths till my tutor comes and then I have him form 10-1pm and then I do that work and then I usually get to enjoy from 4pm to 10pm as my 'day off work'
Stork - 5-Nov-16 @ 7:38 PM
I'm in year 8 and I get 90 pieces of homework in a term and I only go to school for 50 days in that term. this adds up to being at least 10 pieces of homework per week and how some homework's may be easier than others we get essays and long questions to answer so I spend most of my nights and when I come back from school doing homework.
Sanddy - 17-Oct-16 @ 6:23 PM
The 10 minute rule theory is grade level x 10 = how many minutes. Everyone has sacrificed everything but I love all the training that I do. I don't even mind getting up early to do gymnastics. It's just the worry that if I continue with these clubs I will get tired every night. Also I do a lot of music I am doing grade 8 on singing, cello, guitar, flute and piano so I have to make time for that as I want a career in music. Wish I could stop school- too much homework
Bella - 3-Oct-16 @ 10:08 PM
I am in Y9 and get around 2hrs a night. My average day would be Get home 4, eat snack, h/w 6-7 singing and cello/ musical theatre 7 dinner 7:20 sports activities 8:30 chores 9:00 swim team 9:45 go home go to bed 6:20 get up 7:00 gymnastics 8:00 school Slightly worrying as next year homework will increase to at least 3 hours
Bella - 2-Oct-16 @ 10:40 PM
im only in year 8 and do 3-4 hrs of hw per night... around 2 for school and then more for tutor and my language school homework as well as practicing music
homeworkargh - 24-May-16 @ 12:44 PM
I'm in year 10 and we get the amount of homework per week that we got in a half term in year 9. That is not including all the extra revision we have to do on top and staying in after school for coursework. I want to do music at uni but I started at 10 whereas most kids started music much younger so my music is as important as my GCSEs. I also need to self teach piano and music theory ready for uni. Because of the music, I don't do the revision I should be doing - it is so hard to find a balance. Everyone at school has now accepted their teenage years are going to spent doing work all the time.
Emily - 24-Apr-16 @ 9:32 AM
shazzababbs - Your Question:
I think homework is unfair, my son is 12 years old and finds homework very stressful the last thing a child should have to do after a full day at school is another couple of hours homework, we like to spend time as a family and my son helps me around the house with cooking etc I think that these life skills are far more important and he actually enjoys this rather than sitting writing, I think this should be left within the school and out of school hours should be for family times and relaxation not stress and cramming a childs brain with tonnes of information, afterall children are children for a short time within their lives and it should be made the most of!!

Our Response:
Many thanks for your comments. Many parents find homework as stressful as their children do. On the plus-side, and as specified in the article, homework is set to encourage children to work on their own and not simply rely on a teacher setting them work within a classroom environment, meaning there is a justifiable reason behind it.
eHomework - 23-Feb-16 @ 12:03 PM
I think homework is unfair, my son is 12 years old and finds homework very stressful the last thing a child should have to do after a full day at school is another couple of hours homework, we like to spend time as a family and my son helps me around the house with cooking etc I think that these life skills are far more important and he actually enjoys this rather than sitting writing, I think this should be left within the school and out of school hours should be for family times and relaxation not stress and cramming a childs brain with tonnes of information, afterall children are children for a short time within their lives and it should be made the most of!!
shazzababbs - 22-Feb-16 @ 4:39 PM
You do realise that 250 minutes (Year 10) is over 4 hours - per night??? I believe it should be 2.5 hours.
ChemChaos - 27-Oct-15 @ 6:59 AM
I've just started year 8 and i go to a grammar school. I thought i was getting loads of homework in year 7 but now i get 5 homeworks a day one for each period. Sometimes two from the same subject! I know it's just the beginning of the year but i feel its going to get worse.I really don't think 25 pieces of homework is good.
brownies - 11-Sep-14 @ 5:34 PM
Well I go to one of the so called fansy schools of SA and I get like 6 Subjects worth of homework a night so to all you people that think 15 is bad try doing mine I get like 30 different pieces a week oka so shut up and deal with it and I have a socialble life to btw so If i can do it everyone can got it
Im the Truth - 4-Apr-14 @ 7:39 AM
im in year 10 and get 4 pieces a day, 3 if I'm LUCKY! Today I got 5 which is seriously taking the piss! I am not happy at all! My whole year have spoken to our form tutor many times and still nothing has been done! I end up doing a lot at the weekend because it takes me so long during the week, and my friend does Irish dancing 3 times a week, and she has to get up at 4:30 in the morning to do homework as well
Fozzy - 24-Oct-13 @ 5:17 PM
My stepdaughter has just started Year 11. She visits us once a week and when she does I ask if she has any homework. She says she doesn't get any this year. "Obviously".Can this be right?
Alex - 16-Sep-12 @ 8:16 AM
i get way too much homework for being in year 9. i got 15 pieces last week!!
bobzilla - 15-Sep-12 @ 5:50 PM
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Silly mermaid - 12-Sep-12 @ 12:15 AM
I disagree about the Year 10 homework; I think that 2 hours a night is more than enough - perhaps raising to your suggestion of 4 hours in the 2 weeks before the exam. I am in Year 10, and at the minute receive around 10 minutes of homework a night; and then two essays a week on top of that. Over the three weeks of half term, I have got around fifteen hours of homework, I would say. That works out at around 5 hours a week - still just an hour every night. Really, it depends on your school I suppose.
random - 9-Apr-11 @ 10:06 AM
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