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‘Stressful’ homework for young children must be stopped, says TD

Labour education spokesperson Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has called on the Department of Education to issue a circular to schools on guidance regarding homework levels.

Agreeing with comments recently made by President Michael D Higgins, Deputy Ó Ríordáin said particularly at primary level, students and families should be encouraged to pursue the enjoyment of learning.

“While homework is up to every individual school and teacher, it may be useful for the Department of Education to issue a circular regarding homework levels, what is an appropriate amount of time to be spent on it across the varying age levels and perhaps point to more practical learnings that families could do together like reading, painting or practicing language skills,” he said.

“Many people – children and parents – dread homework and often are concerned that they are not completing it correctly.

“It takes up a huge amount of time in the evenings that could be spent on extracurricular activities like coding, sports or music, which President Higgins rightly said should be the priority.

“Homework should certainly be a topic of debate at the forthcoming Citizens’ Assembly on Education where it can be examined more thoroughly.

“However in the medium term, it would be no harm for the Department of Education to issue updated advice and guidance to school communities on best practice in this regard.”

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