Nearly a quarter (23%) of parents are completing homework entirely for their child, with many believing that they get “too much” and what they are given is “too difficult.”
Science topped the list of subjects in which parents give their children a helping hand, according to the research carried out by a UK money saving website, with 46% of parents admitting that they had intervened with science tasks.
This was followed by maths (41%), history (35%) and English (34%) and geography (29%).
The average primary school child takes home four pieces of homework per week, whilst the average secondary school student takes home 12 pieces of homework per week, according to the research.
Jane Austin College in Norwich caused a stir recently when it suggested that pupils should complete their ‘homework’ during normal timetabled hours, allowing them to spend quality family time in the evening.
"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,” says Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers.
Helen Fraser, head of the Girls’ Day School Trust said that while parents should offer their children support and encouragement, they shouldn’t complete the task for them.
“Leaning to balance family life and school life is a vital skill that will stand children in good stead when it comes to juggling their future work and home life. Establishing a homework routine also enables young people to become independent self-starters with good study skills, not to mention the genuine sense of achievement they feel when they submit their work,” says Helen.