Teachers need a tool that can tell them how much work they already have before they set another task, and take the guessing game out of it.
This scenario raises another very relevant question: how many teachers would be aware of what constitutes an appropriate amount of homework per night for a student of this age?
Please indicate which best describes your position in relation to the statement: ‘Parents observing their child having too much homework sends a message that the school’s homework policy isn’t organised.‘ This question was meant as a direct follow-on from considerations about overloading.
Of the responses (not including those whose school uses a schedule), 62% suggested that parents would receive a negative message about the efficiency of the school’s homework policy.
10 to complete homework was just over an hour a night, a figure that most students and parents would understand as being extremely conservative.
This notion is reinforced by looking on any school website that advertises its homework policy: a year 10 student, on average, is required to complete no less than 1 ½ to 2 hours per evening.
Q8 The final question was designed to investigate two contexts: whether an educator would be willing to adjust their homework policy having identified negative aspects of its current use; and whether it is true that schools are becoming more reluctant to take on new technology because of the enormous influx of Edtech companies advertising themselves to schools and teachers.
Conclusions and recommendations Whilst the survey didn’t explicitly ask respondents to state whether or not they believed overloading was an issue in their school (because they have no way of knowing anyway), a distorted perception of the amount of homework given by educators versus the actual amount being given can be deduced from the survey’s results, and certainly something that needs to be addressed, given the consequences of overloading.
This suggests a disparity between what teachers and school leaders believe is an appropriate amount, and how much is actually being given.
Answers to this question could be separated into four key themes: ability to cope, motivation, time, and performance.