Schools make their own decisions about what homework to set, or whether to set any.

Some schools set homework for older students but not younger ones, while others set homework for all students.

We encourage you to talk with your child's teachers to find out about schools’ homework policies.

Homework is valuable to many parents and can provide a good sense of what your child is learning, which is important.

Talking with your children about the learning, rather than merely supervising, is particularly effective. If homework becomes an area of conflict between you and your child, it can have a negative affect on learning.

The publication School leadership and student outcomes: Identifying what works and why offers advice on the techniques you can use to:

  • turn homework into a positive experience, and
  • what you can do if you don’t understand your child’s homework.

For older students, it's important that they know where to seek help when they're stuck and you don’t have the subject knowledge to be able to help.  In these situations, you can help by suggesting connections to extended family and friends.

Search for publications and statistics about homework on the Education Counts website(external link)

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