14/08/2014 12:50 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

The School Where Homework Is BANNED

The school where homework is BANNED

You can almost hear pupils high-fiving each other in anticipation. For they will be the lucky elite who attend a school where homework has officially been banned!

The move has been introduced at the Jane Austen Academy in Norwich to give pupils more time at home with their families.

However, Claire Heald, the 1,100 pupil school's prospective principal, said that the school would operate an extended day until 5pm – up to two longer than many other schools.

And although the school would still expect pupils to study at home ahead of crucial exams, all other pupils would be exempt from homework.

She said: "Rather than setting homework that students could go home and struggle with at home, and where there may be limited access to computers, they will do that as independent study in the day.

"We are saying that when they go home they should enjoy quality family time.

"There will not be any traditional homework - and that has been really well received by parents who respect the fact that family time will be family time."

The Jane Austen College – a mixed comprehensive for 11 to 18-year-olds – is set to open September 2014 as part of the Coalition's free schools programme.

It will focus on English and the humanities, stage special classes on cultural education and introduce the study of compulsory languages including Latin.

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