HC Deb 23 November 1926 vol 200 cc229-30W

asked the President of the Board of Education if he is aware that children attending some secondary schools are frequently required to devote the entire evening to the preparation of homework; if he will, on behalf of the Board, express an opinion as to how far this practice may be safely encouraged; whether his Board considers homework to be indispensable to the educational progress of children; and if he is prepared to impress upon education authori- ties the desirability of exercising some supervision over the quantity imposed by the teachers in their schools?


I think everyone agrees that some homework is desirable for secondary School pupils. Like everything else, it can be overdone, but I am sure that both local authorities and teachers are fully alive to the dangers of excessive work of this kind.