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Does homework still make the grade?

SPONSORED: Firefly Learning conducted this year's most comprehensive look at homework habits in the UK

Posted by Ed Brown | May 22, 2018 | Technology

“YouTube is [a] bigger distraction to children’s homework than television, survey finds,” announced the Daily Telegraph, while a “survey has revealed students would prefer longer school days over homework,” stated the Daily Mail. Both these articles and over 50 more were based on recent research from Firefly Learning, who conducted this year’s most comprehensive look at homework habits in the UK.

The findings from a representative sample of 11 to 15-year olds is both revealing and a call to action for today’s educators. The usual suspects, such as social media, lead to distraction and incomplete or neglected homework, but they sit alongside low confidence, perceived lack of direction and unavailable resources. These issues can be tamed by organisational support and learning aids or tools, which guide educational outcomes and also support student well-being – the results reveal homework as a potential major cause of stress.

The research dives deep into how different types of schools and subjects perform across the nation. It also teased out the real reason behind the excuses children give to their parents and teachers. Suffice to say, ‘the dog ate my homework’ has fallen in popularity (83% of students wouldn’t dream of using it), instead lack of time (17%) or being unaware of deadlines (26%) rank as some of the most popular extenuations.

To understand what this means for your school, Firefly in partnership with Education Technology are hosting a lunchtime event in London (12th June) and Birmingham (13th June)

As a bench-marking exercise, the research provides a takeaway that some schools, with certain strategies and tools are doing better than others when it comes to homework. The sensationalism of banning all homework aside, the data suggests that tailored, yet relatively small changes can ease the burden of homework for all involved.

To understand what this means for your school, Firefly in partnership with Education Technology are hosting a lunchtime event in London (12th June) and Birmingham (13th June). In addition to dissecting the research, guest speaker Phil Beadle will give his insight into the power of meta-cognition and homework blockers and boosters.

Whether it’s cutting out ‘I didn’t know the deadline’ by improving transparency or tackling ‘I needed more resources’ with discover able content or banishing ‘I wasn’t confident enough’ by employing methodologies, like meta-cognition, there are data-backed ways to enhance the impact of homework and keep students, parents and teachers on the same page.

To find out more, secure your place at one of these complimentary events (places limited!):

Tuesday 12th June, 12.30pm at Devonshire Terrace in London

Wednesday 13th June, 12.30pm at Opus Restaurant in Birmingham

For a limited time, Firefly will send some award-winning chocolate to all registrants too!

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