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A Quarter Of Parents Confess To Doing Their Children's Homework For Them

12/09/2014 12:47 | Updated 20 May 2015

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Are you guilty of doing your children's homework for them? You're not alone.

According to a new survey, 23 per cent of us complete our kids' homework while our children scratch their heads and tap their teeth with a pencil!

The reason why we do it isn't because we're interfering helicopter tiger types – it's because we want our kids to have time to play, have fun, do sports, ride their bikes, go swimming, enjoy after-school clubs, spend time with their family and friends.

In other words: have a childhood, rather than just work, work, work (or perhaps that's just me).

And the simple fact is, according to many parents in the research carried out by money saving website VoucherCodesPro.co.uk, many of us believe our children are given too much homework – and that much of it is too difficult for them.

In the research, science topped the list of subjects in which parents give their children a helping hand, with 46 per cent admitting they have intervened with tasks.

This was followed by maths at 41 per cent, history (35 per cent), English (34 per cent) and geography (29 per cent).

When asked about the amount of homework children are given, the results showed that the average primary school child takes home four pieces of homework a week, whilst the average child in secondary school gets set, on average, 12 pieces of homework a week.

But VoucherCodesPro founder Nick Swan believes those of us who complete our kids' homework for them are doing more harm than good.

He said: "The only way children are going to learn is by doing it themselves. I'm not saying don't help your children – they won't learn unless you point them in the right direction and show them their mistakes – but don't do their homework for them."

And Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, agrees.

He said recently: "I've helped my own children on occasion and have discovered sometimes that I don't know as much as I thought about some things. But there is a difference between helping and doing and it is clearly not a good idea to complete it.

"The question is what these parents are trying to prove. It is not a formal test, so why sacrifice their children's learning in an attempt to make their children look good?"

Perhaps Jane Austen College in Norwich came up with the answer to balancing learning and playing last year - by banning homework altogether.

It revealed that its 1,100 pupils would be expected to do all their work during normal timetabled hours and take nothing home in the evenings or weekends.

Claire Heald, principal of the college, said that the policy would allow teachers to monitor children's progress with tasks and would also ensure that time at home was 'family time'.

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