Nobody likes homework, but – at least until now anyway – it was always one of life’s cruelties you just had to accept, like death or taxes.

I did homework, you will have done homework, in fact, 99% of everyone reading this article will have done homework at one time or another in their lives, and we all turned out alright, didn’t we?


But this is 2018 – a year that will live long in infamy for being the date that most, normal human standards and procedures were turned on their head for the hell of it.

The latest change that’s being made is homework – or should I say, no homework – as a primary school has decided to scrap it off because “it causes stress”.

Teachers at Littletown Primary Academy in Honiton, Devon, are testing the change with all pupils except Year Six between now and the end of the academic year.

Instead, children are being encouraged to read for 20 minutes at home, so at least that’s something.

Headteacher David Perkins said the decision was based on educational research and consultation with parents, children and staff.

A letter sent home to parents claimed that weekly written Maths and English homework has little impact and that it can cause stress to families.

It is also hoped that the change will reduce teachers’ workloads as well as taking pressure off pupils.

Literacy subject leader Cathy Binmore told The Sun:

“Reading is the foundation that underpins all other learning. Promoting a love of this will set our children up for a life of adventure and intrigue and will enable them to continue learning throughout their lives.”

Additionally, the school is raising money to buy more books to encourage reading at home instead.

Mr Perkins said: “We want to reinvigorate our library with fresh and exciting books to read.”

He added that reading at home every evening has a greater impact on “pupil outcomes and life chances”.

Now, I get the notion that homework causes unnecessary stress and it’s not good to have children worried all the time, but doing extra-curricular stuff is surely only going to help them when they get older and find themselves in an increasingly competitive workplace.

Shouldn’t we encourage hard work from an early age so it becomes second nature?

(You can tell I don’t have kids.)

Having said that, letting the kiddies have more time to go out and play and enjoy their free-time shouldn’t be discouraged either, because, let’s face it, the days of being a kid are among the best you’ll ever have.

At least we might win the World Cup if kids are out playing all the time.

Every cloud and that.

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