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Tasks related to their school studies which pupils are expected to complete outside school hours. All schools are required to have a homework policy, which is drawn up to promote the partnership between school and home and to extend and build upon learning undertaken in school. Many schools post their homework policy on their web site. In 1998 the government published guidance on the type and extent of homework that pupils could be reasonably expected to undertake at each stage of their education. According to this, pupils in primary schools may be expected to spend 10–30 minutes a day on homework, which should focus on literacy and numeracy skills. For secondary pupils the coverage extends across the curriculum and the recommended duration is 90 minutes a day in Key Stage 3, rising to a maximum of two and a half hours a day in Key Stage 4. See also home–school agreement.

http://www.dfes.gov.uk/homework/ Guidelines on homework for primary and secondary schools.

http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/homework/goodpractice/ A summary of good practice in the setting of homework.

Subjects: Education — Human Resource Management.

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