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Michael Gove scraps government homework guidelines

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Published: 4th Mar 2012 13:18:09

Head teachers in England will be able to set the amount of homework their pupils are expected to do under changes to government guidelines.

Education Secretary Michael Gove has scrapped the guidelines for extra study introduced by Labour in 1998.

It follows parents' complaints that the volume of homework limited family time and opportunities for play and sport.

Education officials said head teachers should be able to make decisions free of "unnecessary bureaucratic guidance".

Under Labour's guidelines, teachers were encouraged to set an hour a week for five to seven year-olds, with the amount gradually rising to 2.5 hours per night for pupils aged between 14 and 16.

Now, the decision on whether to set homework at all - and if so how much - will fall to head teachers.

A Department for Education spokesperson said homework was "part and parcel of a good education".

"We trust head teachers to set the homework policy for their school. They know their pupils best and should be free to make these decisions without having to adhere to unnecessary bureaucratic guidance."

The administrations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have devolved powers for education.

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