Stressed Because Of Homework Clip

The head teacher of a school in London has cut the amount of homework kids have to do, saying it can put them off learning.

Kids had been doing up to FOUR hours work a night - but now it's been cut to forty minutes.

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But we want to know what YOU think about homework.

How much do you have to do, and is it too much, or not enough?

Perhaps you enjoy doing homework for some subjects, but HATE doing it for others.

Or maybe you think it should be scrapped altogether, to give kids free time to do what they want?

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Your Comments

"I HATE HOMEWORK. Our teachers give homework all the time. Yesterday we got a booklet of work to finish in week. There's never a day where there is no homework!"

Ray, 12, Birmingham, England

"We get the right amount of homework, I think. It depends how creative you are but we get about 30 minutes to an hour."

Annabel, 10, Leeds, England

"I don't get too much homework but the bits I do get I don't mind it because it doesn't take me too long."

Francesca, 13, Blackpool, England

"I think I get far too much homework. On our first day in year eight they said we would not get much homework for the rest of the week. BUT WE GOT 12 PIECES IN THREE DAYS!! I go to bed with a headache every day. For the past week I have been going to bed at midnight. I get incredibly stressed out at school. The teachers yell at you and give you an after school detention if you don't manage to do it all. It's not fair on us. We get in trouble because we get so stressed out we can hardly think!! I think we should get a maximum of only two pieces every day."

Emmeline, 12, Northamptonshire, England

"It is ridiculous that homework takes four hours because kids should be kids and have fun."

Chelsea, 9, Watford, England

"My school gets far too much homework. Once I had to get a bigger school bag to hold it all."

Darryl, 12, Northern Ireland

"I think that because you work really hard all day at school you shouldn't have to go home and do even more homework. You just want to relax and spend time with your mum and dad!!"

Sarah, 11, East Yorkshire, England

"Are you joking?? I absolutely love homework. That's why I look forward to coming home at the end of the day!!!"

Lucy, 11, London, England

"Yeah, we get a lot. I don't think we should get given much homework - one hour a week would be enough because we never get a chance to do any homework. School is all right but homework just isn't."

Najat, 12, Norwich, England

"I get lots of homework but I just complete it and don't complain. It gives you more education, too!"

Lilly, 14, Birmingham, England

"At my school we barely get any homework and we don't get it until year four!"

Victoria, 9, Essex, England

"I think we get enough homework and anyway, it should help us so we can become more intelligent and understand the lessons properly!!"

Shauna, 11, London, England

"I get too much homework and I spend hours on it. I get stressed out and my parents think I get too much. I think school is for learning but when we get home we need to rest."

Pembe, 12, London, England

"I don't get enough homework and when I do my teacher doesn't mark it!"

Rob, 10, Lancaster, England

"I don't get much at all. Maybe a piece or two a week and that's it!"

Tommy, 13, London, England

"I hate homework. I think we should only have homework if we are naughty in lessons."

Sydney, 7, Suffolk, England

"We get two hours a night and four at the weekend. It's outrageous. We work hard in school and have to come home and do all this extra work. It makes me fed up and think why should I bother?"

Lizzie, 12, England

"I get so much homework. I spend at least three to four hours a night on homework. Something needs to be done about this. I have no social life!"

Laura, 14, Norfolk, England

"I've only just joined high school, and on one night we got six pieces of homework. It is way too much for year sevens."

Camille, 11, Cheshire, England

"We get three to four pieces of homework a night and are expected to spend half an hour on each piece. I think this is way too much. We get a homework timetable but teachers never stick to it, so we end up with maybe four to five pieces of homework and it ends up with spending your whole Saturday and Sunday doing your homework! It isn't fair!"

Charlotte, 13, Yorkshire, England

"I get 18 pieces of homework from my secondary school in two weeks and I get tired but I think it's relevant for us if we want to get higher grades."

Sevcan, 11, Oxfordshire, England

"When I get back from school each night, I do my homework straight away. But even though I do that, I am still up at 9pm doing it and I NEVER get time to do anything else in my evenings."

Jaime, 11, Hampshire, England

"I get sooo much homework!! I get no free time at all, even at school. I get detentions because I didn't complete my homework and most of the time after school I'm doing homework. There's no time for me to relax or hang out with my friends!!!"

Cherrie, 13, London, England

"I think we shouldn't have homework so we can spend time with our friends or if we are naughty in the lessons we should get homework to make up for missing out on the lesson."

Demi, 9, Suffolk, England

"In year nine at my school we have to do at least ten hours of homework a week. I think it is far too much seeing as we usually end up doing more."

Beth, 13, Northampton, England

"I think that we do get too much homework and suggest that we only get homework once a week."

Dayna, 12, Warrington, England

"Yes, I have about four hours a day, which is way too much and I'm thinking of just not doing it anymore."

Rupert, 12, London, England

"We get at least two hours every night and on the weekend we have about six hours. We also get severely punished if we don't do this. We wish our head teacher would cut down our homework!"

Annie, Sarah and Alice, 12, Bradford, England

"I get about four pieces a night and nine times out of 10 the teachers don't even mark it."

Louisa, 13, Kent, England

"I get too much homework because a single teacher gives out homework and doesn't realise that other teachers have already given us loads of homework to do. So it builds up and eventually we end up with too much to handle. And if we don't do this homework, we are the ones who get the blame. Teachers should check how much homework we already have so that we don't suffer from worrying about doing it the night before."

Kathryn, 12, Channel Islands, UK

"I think we get way too much homework. Some nights I sit for five hours doing homework. I have no time for friends or time to relax. Since I have so much homework I can't be bothered doing it but when I do it I can't remember anything because there is just too much to remember."

Rachel, 12, Northern Ireland

"Some days we get far too much homework, but other days we have none! I hardly get any time to play with my friends."

Rebecca, 12, Nottingham, England

"We go to school to learn and to do work for six hours a day, five days a week. Then we come home to do even more work. I don't really see the point; it's not as if we're going to forget the stuff we've learnt over the weekend or even overnight!"

Tim, 12, Brighton, England

"I think that the guidelines for homework are not realistic compared to the amount of homework children are given. I get no homework on some nights, whereas I can be working almost solidly from 4pm till midnight on others. Similarly my brother (in year six) gets some nights of no homework and others of more than two hours of homework, and I know friends who have had similar experiences. Overall, I think that although homework is important, it is not worth it if children are losing sleep. I think that (especially between secondary school teachers) more communication is needed."

Sasha, 14, London, England

"I go to school for seven hours and come home to do around four hours of homework. It's not fair. Plus I have sports after school. I rarely have time for myself and I only get six hours of sleep. I can't even hang out with my friends as I have so much to do!"

Ronnie, 13, USA

"I do at least four hours of homework every night. I don't mind doing homework as long as it expands our knowledge of the subject. I think making collages and similar tasks are a waste of time and don't help us achieve the grade we want. Most of our homework is revision for our upcoming exams, which is all right but time consuming. I prefer being given tasks that have the same effect as revision."

Siobhan, 14, Manchester, England

"I do think teachers give too much homework, and with eight classes and all teachers giving homework it gets tiring. Once I stayed up till 11:30pm doing my homework and the next day I had to get up at 5am to get all my homework done by 9am."

Bella, 13, Florida, USA

"I want my teacher to give me less homework so my backpack will not be so heavy and my head does not spin and I can read and play more."

Atterbury, 7, New York, USA

"I think we should get homework rarely and only for the core subjects: English, science and maths."

Sally, 13, London, England

"Homework is a good thing. I love doing homework, especially drawing."

Maya, 12, London, England

"I think I get too much coursework. I never have time for a social life because I'm always busy doing my homework. It doesn't help your grades; it just makes you more stressed and tired for another day at school!"

Alfie, 14, Essex, England

"I think I get way too much homework. I'm in year eight. You are only supposed to get 25 minutes of homework per subject. But it takes me an hour to an hour and a half just to do one. I hope more headmasters follow what this headmaster has done. I now hate homework so much and it puts me under a lot of stress."

Jessica, 13, Surrey, England

"I usually do an hour or an hour and a half and I think it's fine. I'm supposed to be doing two and a half hours!"

Eleanor, 13, Ireland

"I've just started year seven and since I've started I've had 38 pieces already! And each day I usually get around two to four pieces that take me one to two hours a day so I can't play rugby with my friends or play football or any of my favourite sports."

Kieren, 11, Coventry, England

"I get way too much homework: up to three hours a night and I'm only in primary school."

George, 11, Surrey, England

"I've just started year seven and I'm getting at least two to three hours per night! In primary school, it took me around 30 minutes. Children should only get an hour's homework."

Clare, 11, Essex, England

"I go to homework club so I don't have to do as much homework at home. I usually have to learn my spellings and my times tables for 15 minutes a day, though."

Bex, 11, Essex, England

"At my school, we get 18 or more pieces of homework a week. The teachers say each one should only take 30 minutes but they always take longer. I think we have way too much and if we had less I would be able to practice my guitar more and do more sport."

Hannah, 13, Northampton, England

"We get two hours of homework every night and it either stops me doing my hobbies or makes me go to bed really late!"

Louisa, 12, London

"I'm in year eight and our school have a different homework system to most. Basically year seven and eight get a homework booklet every week and the year eight booklets have about six to eight hours in them. Year seven's booklets have four to six hours in them. Every week is a different subject; like this week we have humanities, but next week we might have science, English, art, etc. You get given the booklet on a Monday to be given in the following Monday. So I get about an hour a night - or seven hours on a Sunday night! The system is working quite well, as each week we get a consistent amount of homework."

Abz, 12, Derby, England

"I get three hours of homework a day, so overall I do schoolwork for NINE HOURS A DAY!!! IT'S SO STRESSFUL!!!"

Judy, 11, UK

"I have literacy, maths and spellings twice a week. In some European countries, kids don't go to school until they are seven!"

Eddie, 6, London, England

"I'm only in year six and I get WAY too much. My teacher says it's for secondary practice."

Nadia, 10, London, England

"I think that I am having a reasonable about of homework at the moment (about 30 minutes a night) and I feel that over-giving homework does really put the pupil off learning and doing homework in the future."

Joe, 13, Kent, England

"I have two opinions about homework. 1: I think we should have less homework because we have been working for about six hours or more every day and we need spare time for when we go home to do sport and activities. 2: We need a little bit of homework, because if we don't understand it then we have it at 'home' to understand it more."

Amy, 12, Kent, England

"I have to do half an hour a week. I think this is too much. I think it should be scrapped altogether because children learn a lot anyway in their free time."

Sali, 6, London, England

"I don't know what the fuss is about. It's only homework! The whole point in homework is to help you understand better in subjects at school. Cutting down on homework is a bad idea because what is the point of then going to a class and forgetting everything you did once you get home??!!"

Hamna, 11, North Wales

"I think that getting some homework is important as it helps you work independently, but if the government is serious about tackling obesity etc. then making us sit on our bums doing hours of homework is defeating the point. I'm in year 10 and taking art, which takes me ages anyway, and then another teacher wants their homework in the next day! They don't seem to realise you have other classes! My granddad never got homework and says that when you get home you should be able to do what you want. I agree!"

Charlene, 14, Doncaster, England

"I'm in secondary school now so I expected to get more homework, but I'm getting up to four pieces a day out of five lessons. I think homework should be reduced because it is unfair. We are encouraged to join extracurricular activities and we can't because of homework. I know it is important to learn but we are unable to attend our fun things."

Abbie, 13, Derby, England

"I am in year eight and I get about one and a half hours of homework each night. It can be a bit boring, but it gives me something to do when I'm not at Guides!"

Lizzie, 12, Sheffield, England

"I am in year five and we get three pieces of homework and I've got to go to an after school club so I cannot rest because I've got sooo much homework to do and I go swimming every Tuesday so I get sooo stressed because we've got to give it in the following week!!! WE HAVE TO BAN HOMEWORK!"

Umz, 9, Wakefield, England

"I'm in year 10 and we've always got a homework timetable, so the most we get is around three hours, which is not too bad. But sometimes I spend more time doing an essay or something just to get good marks. I know some people think they get too much, which sometimes they do even when they are in primary school, but just think - teachers want you to get good grades so you can have a good future. In my school, if a teacher hands us homework on a weekday, we always have to hand it in the next morning (except for Saturday, of course). But some teachers just give us a few minutes less of homework for us to do. We will be starting our coursework soon; hopefully it won't be too bad."

Jin, 14, Bristol, England

"This week I have got 12 pieces of homework to do (I'm only in year 5)!!!"

Elise, 9, Lincolnshire, England

"I think six to seven hours of school is hard enough and homework reduces the amount of alone time you get. I think homework should only be for GCSE students as they need to do the revision. Anyone else should not get homework, as this might increase their social skills and make them do more exercise."

Conor, 14, Southampton, England

"Four hours is far too much! I get no more than one hour a night and I find that fine."

Sarah, 12, Aberdeen, Scotland

"Some weeks we get too much homework, but then other weeks we get basically nothing."

Amy, 12, Nottingham, England

"I get too much homework. I get about three sheets a day, sometimes more. I think it's unfair because home time is for family time and sometimes homework causes arguments."

Gabriele, 14, South Wales

"Having too much homework has put me off going to school and doing work. I wish that we didn't have to do as much homework."

Macaulay, 12, Manchester, England

"In my school, when you get to year six you get four pieces of homework a week!!! Spellings, meanings and sentences; literacy; science; and maths!! It takes me up to two hours sometimes!"

Rose, 10, London, England

"I get far too much homework!! I am in year eight and get three to five pieces of homework a day!! Each one takes 30 minutes or more!! I can't stand this!! I am losing my childhood... The government had better do something about this!!"

Tom, 12, Surrey, England

"My amount of homework is too much for just a nine-year-old like me. I get biology, maths, English, French, Spanish, German and history!"

Ella, 9, London, England

"I get about four hours homework each week and often have to stay up late, which results in me being too tired for school the next day."

Emily, 12, Surrey, England

"I have to do a minimum 50 minutes for homework and a maximum 1hr and 30 mins. It takes up too much of my free time and I miss too many of my fave shows on TV."

Adina, 12, London, England

"Since I've started year nine I have had way too much homework. It has been taking up all my free time and more. One night I was up until 1am."

Sarah, 13, London, England

"Homework can be annoying after a long day at school, but I get at least 13 hours a week and I'm in year nine. That's not much, really."

Lucie, 13, Leicester, England

"I wish sometimes that I had more homework because in my class the homework is fun!"

Leila, 10, Bournemouth, England

"We hate homework. You get loads of it and it is really depressing. Most nights we are doing homework for one and a half hours, but other nights 15 mins, so it really depends on the night. WE HATE HOMEWORK!!!"

Hannah and Lucy, 12, Scotland

"I get a fair amount of homework. I don't see the big deal with homework. You learn. I want to get a good job when I grow up so I don't mind doing homework. We get planners at our school, so if you're organized and spread the homework out evenly, and not let it pile up till the very last day, you'll manage with homework quite easily."

Jennifer, 11, London, England

"In my new class we don't get any until the time gets nearer to Sats as our teacher thinks that homework stresses people out and causes arguments with families! I AGREE!"

Caitlin, 10, Barnsley, England

"My homework ranges between three pieces (only happened once!) to seven or eight at the maximum! Most of the pieces take between 45 minutes and one hour. A lot of the homework set uses the computer, which isn't letting kids out to play and keeping us fit as the government is trying to prevent obesity, and now they're saying they want us to do four hours of homework. I barely get time to go outside at the moment, but four hours would take the rest of the time you're at home until you go to bed! What if you want to do after school clubs or out of school activities? You will have no time. The government are just getting themselves into a sticky situation!"

Marie, 12, Cambridge, England

"I get a ridiculous amount of homework. I get at least four to six pieces of homework every day and most of it is due the next day. Homework is good in a way; it's a way to show teachers that when we go home we don't just forget everything and to show that we understand what we have learnt. But the amount we get is unfair because when we go home we probably want to rest and do other things. I would say that for 10-11-year-olds, one to two pieces of homework is OK. Instead I think that students in year six should get revision books and complete one page every day and go through it on the next day at school. That way we are revising what we did in school and showing that we understood it. Every student in year six wants to do well in their Sats, right? So we should have more time to revise. Nine months is not enough to cover every topic in science, literature or mathematics."

Sarah, 10, London, England

"I've just started high school and I get six pieces of homework a day - one for every subject. It's an outrage - in primary school I used to get two pieces a week!"

Suhail, 11, London, England

"I get no homework at all so I don't have to worry!"

Christina, 9, Sheffield, England

"I get seven or more pieces of homework a week!! I think that schools should cut down to five to seven pieces a week instead!!! Also, I think that some children may already have clubs outside of school and if they have to go somewhere they may be rushing to get homework done!!"

Alice, 11, Ipswich, England

"I only get a small amount of homework and it only takes 30 minutes to do it."

Ellie, 13, Liverpool, England

"I get way too much homework: when I get home I hardly ever have time for more than half an hour of TV any more. I can understand if you are working towards exams; you need to revise but I'm not and it's ridiculous!"

Hannah, 12, Oxford, England

"My older brother never got any homework in year eight, which I am in now. I have about four hours every night and I never get any time to talk to my parents at all!"

Sarah, 12, London, England

"All the people out there who have just started secondary school: I know there's a lot of home work but I'm in my second year and you get used to it some days you get a lot but some days you have none. But trust me, you WILL get used to it!!!"

Amirah, 12, Preston, England

"Homework is good but it would be nice if we only got one piece of homework a week."

Scarlett, 9, Middlesex, England

"I do after school clubs and I get six subjects a night. I struggle to keep up with it."

Laura, 12, Derby, England

"I get about three pieces every night. It's ridiculous!!!!"

Rebecca, 13, London, England

"I always get loads of homework. I get around three pieces of homework a day so in one week I get 15 pieces of homework. Whenever I hand in my homework my teachers give us more. I take about three hours doing my homework and on weekends THE WHOLE DAY. I never get to do any of my hobbies and I hardly get to walk my dog."

Annabel, 13, Blackpool, England

"If children get lots of homework they just get their parents to help them with it and don't learn anything."

James, 12, Preston, England

"So far, we've hardly had any homework! But there's a club during break when you can do your homework at school and get it over and done with."

Rory, 11, Cardiff, Wales

"I don't think kids should get too much homework because after school we are tired and we want to rest."

Emma, 11, England

"I think that if we have to do homework by a certain time, teachers should mark our books by a certain time, because the number of times teachers have said to my class, "I've been busy so I haven't had time to mark your books" is countless!"

Emmie, 13, England

"I think I get too much homework because every night I spend ages doing it. As soon as I get home I start and sometimes it takes me through to 7:00pm, which is three hours in total, so I don't really have much time to play around or have fun."

Amirah, 12, Preston, England

"Homework isn't that bad - but I only get two pieces of it a week!"

Susanna, 12, Barcelona, Spain

"I don't think kids get too much homework; it's just lazy children who don't care about their future who say that. You may get four or five pieces of homework every now and again, but sometimes you get none, so it's pretty even."

Marina, 13, Finland

"If you do your homework at the right time you will get time to do your hobbies."

Isaac, 11, Yorkshire, England

"At my school we only get three pieces of homework a week, so some days we don't have to do any."

Rhiannon, 12, Gloucester, England

"I have too much homework. When I have homework I get another lot and I just can't keep up."

Ann-Marie, 13, Leicester, England

"I get tons of homework. I never have free time. We work all day at school; why do more at home?"

Ellie, 13

"We get lots of homework but we get used to it. It's the results that matter"

Zakary, 11, Bolton, England

"I get about half an hour's worth of work and I am in year seven. I don't think that is right - I think we should have more."

Katie, 11, Norfolk, England

"It is so wrong. It is too much pressure on students. HOMEWORK SHOULD BE BANNED!"

Tyler, 8, England

"I think that our teacher gives us too much homework and I don't get to do very much more than work. Three or four bits are fine but I think that six or seven is too much."

Abby, 10, Dublin, Ireland

"I think we have way too much homework and when we could be outside enjoying the fresh air we are stuck inside doing our homework. I have between two and four hours of homework every day and don't have time to do it all. I think we should cut down on the amount of homework and get fitter and a better social life."

Sophie, 13, Wolverhampton, England

"I get too much homework for year eight. I do about one to one and a half hours and that is ridiculous. I never have time to do my swimming, which I do five times a week and get back at 7.30pm then have dinner and don't have time or am too tired to do my homework. If we had less homework I could get home at 4:15pm then do it about for 15 mins when I get back. It is just a rush hour all week. I never get time with my mates. But I need to do swimming because it keeps me fit and I am hoping to get to the Olympics."

Amy, 12, Leicestershire, England

"We usually have a good set amount of homework, but recently we have been having too much. Over the last two days I have already had seven bits... half of them have to be in tomorrow. Better get started."

Louie, 14, Essex, England

"My school get on average 11 pieces of homework each week. I think it's way too much!"

Zoey, 13, Leeds, England

"I have one hour of homework and I think that is fine. It still gives me time to do things I like."

Patrick, 11, Birmingham, England

"I get so much homework I sometimes don't have enough time to see my friends and sometimes I can't even see my dad on the weekends!"

Kerrie, 13, Bristol, England

"I'm in year eight and I get homework every day in every lesson! So I take about two and a half hours! But if I had less homework I could spend more time practising guitar!"

Carolina, 12, Essex, England

"I go to school from 8:30am - 4pm every day. After school I have about three hours of homework, which often means I don't have any time to do anything else in an evening. I dance a lot as well and think that if schools cut down on homework it would benefit a lot of school kids like me."

Georgia, 13, Gateshead, England

"I don't get too much homework at school, I think I get just the right amount to do, so I am quite happy at home and I have lots of time to myself."

Matthew, 12, Dunfermline, Scotland

"I think you should get one piece of homework a day and no homework at the weekend so it allows enough time to do your hobbies."

Sam, 12, Southampton, England

"We get loads of homework and it's not fair!"

Nina, 10, Bath, England

"I think schoolwork/homework should be just for school because we get encouraged to do extra activities outside school and we can't do them as well as homework."

Emz, 12, Hertfordshire, England

"I used to be in quite a load of organisations ,but I had to leave them because I started to get so much homework. I spend two hours every night doing homework and I have no time for anything else!"

Lucy, 14, Angus, Scotland

"I think that having one to two hours of homework every night makes it hard to socialise with other people. I don't have much spare time because I'm always busy doing things after school anyway."

Laura, 13, Southampton, England

"I think that teachers give us way too much homework. It just takes too long and we never get enough time to do what we want to do."

Grace, 13, Sedgley, England

"I get far too much homework - I get home late as I live far from my school and I think it's unfair especially when you do so much work at school. Get rid of homework!"

Tom, 12, Essex, England

"I think children my age are getting too much homework because most people will be going to different schools and will want to start new things."

Livi, 11, Windsor, England

"I think that we should do our homework. It helps you to do your sats or exams, and I do my homework even though I get it three times a week!"

Amy, 10, Doncaster, England

"I think that schools are giving less homework. They should give you more homework because it helps with your education, but there shouldn't give too much, then it puts a lot of pressure on children."

Henna, 13, Slough, England

"This year the teacher said we would have loads of homework, and that put me off in school work."

Wajeeh, 10, Glasgow, Scotland

"I am expected to do two-hours-and-a-half a week and I am still in primary school."

Lucy, 10, Sevenoaks, England

"I get about two hours a day, and I'm in year eight, I think it is WAY too much!! The teachers want us to be active but by the time I have done my homework it is too late to go outside."

Abbie, 12, Gloucester, England

"I think that being set less homework would be great as I find it difficult to do the things I want to do because I have so much homework."

Chloe, 12, Somerset, England

"Every day since start of September I've had homework. Mostly handed out on a Friday and to be finished on Monday, but the weekend is when I do my hobbies!"

Ben, 12, Bristol, England

"I get a ridiculous amount of homework! It takes me forever! I usually get about three to four pieces everyday. I spend most of my life now in my room trying to do it all, and it's driving me and my parents nuts. I've turned into a hermit!"

Heather, 13, Birmingham, England

"I think we get too much homework and not enough time to do it all!"

Holly, 13, Liverpool, England

"I have to do one hour and 40 mins every night. I love doing after-school activities but find it too stressful fitting everything in!"

Phoebe, 10, Suffolk, England

"I'm sick of homework, it's taking over my life!!!"

Ben, 10, Ilkley, England

"I get way too much homework and I always lose track of it, so forget to hand it in. The teacher we have is nice and doesn't get angry with us, but we should get less anyway. It usually hard and confusing."

Anika, 10, Harrogate, England

"Yes I do get too much homework, it takes me roughly two hours every day to do it all. I think that there shouldn't be homework. I think that we should do work at school then go home and rest and relax, not go home and do more work."

Jordan, 13, Harrow, England

"I think the level of homework for Year 6 is fairly reasonable. It sometimes can go a bit over board, but I know it's for my sats."

Molly, 10, Bradford, England

"I think the level of homework in Year 6 is quite reasonable, though some nights there is just a bit too much, leaving us no time to do anything else except homework."

Eve, 11, Harrogate, England

"I do not think we get too much homework because in year 6 you have got the sats and any entrance exams, and it is extra practice for you."

Catherine, 11, Ilkley, England

"We get two pieces a week."

Jenny and Nic, 10, Bolton, England

"Homework is really annoying. There's a problem with obese kids and homework is not helping."

Daniel, 11, London, England

"We get way too much homework. We get 5 pieces of homework a day and they can't lengthen our school hours because we are at school from 8:30 am til 5:00 pm."

Emily, 14, Clywd, Wales

"Yes I do think I do get too much homework and it's driving me mad as I don't get any time to spend with family and friends and of course my family pet dog (Spike)."

Danika, 10, Bolton, England

"I get soo much homework that I can't even rest."

Julia, 13, London, England

"I get loads of homework and I find it hard to do. 10 and a half hours a week and that's without coursework!"

Jess, 13, Milton Keynes, England

"I'm in year 8 now but in year six we got about 4 pieces of homework a night for the next day and it would take up to 4 hours. And now I'm in secondary school I get less. I usually get 2 pieces a night which is in for the next week. My brother gets a lot more homework than me and is in yr 6!"

Jessica, 12, Tunbridge Wells, England

"Yes, I do get lots of homework. In elementary school it was about 30 mins a night but now I have been in middle school for my second year they give us 2 hours of HW!"

Sebastian, 12, Baltimore, USA

"I go to a school in Liverpool, and we have 5 lessons. We get homework from each lesson, everyday. It is like my out-of-school life is run by homework!"

Paige, 12, Liverpool, England

"Each week we get nearly 11-12 pieces of homework and if you don't do it you get detention, it's very unfair!"

Tonee, 12, Charlton, England

"We think we get too much homework, we have like 5 pieces a week and it is too much!!!! I feel very strongly about this situation and we should get less!!!!!"

Shauna and Jeorgia and Alisia, 14, London, England

"I only get one piece of English and maths homework a week."

Katie, 10, Norfolk, England

"We get way too much homework."

Amber, 10, London, England

"I think teachers should give homework to the children, so that the children can get high marks in their exams and they can improve too."

Vivian, 11, Hong Kong, China

"I have way too much homework. It's hard to fit our expected 7 and a half hours per week into my social life. It seems like all I am doing is schoolwork."

Heather, 14, Clywd, Wales

"Yesssssss!!!...Finally someone realises that we do get too much homework...parents just think all the more is better, that it keeps us on our toes, but it doesn' stresses us out!"

Shazii, 13, Wolverhampton, England

"I think I get a little bit too much homework, I often spend around 2 hours a night doing all sorts, but they're mostly quite hard."

Lucy, 13, Whitstable, England

"I get loads of homework, at least 2 pieces every night. Some teachers even expect some of it to be in the following day!!!!"

Rachel, 14, Swansea, Wales

"Yes I think older kids get too much homework. I think kids should be able to do what they want when they get home from school, it's unfair! School work should be for school only."

Kieran, 9, Hastings, England

"I think teachers don't realise that we have other homework in other lessons, and they say it has to be handed in really early so we don't have time to do it."

Rachel, 12, Rugby, England

"My school does plenty of homework, and now I'm in year six, I get EVEN more!"

Dylan, 10, Devon, England

"I'm now a year five at my school! I hate homework!"

Eleanor, nine, Cambridgeshire, UK

"I don't get any homework really. By the time I got to year 11 it was just the odd question from a text book that I don't finish in class. It's the coursework that we have a lot of. Plus, when I was in year seven I never got any homework anyway."

Lizzy, 15, Corby, England

"Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In secondary school I think they have given us too much homework in the first month."

Rabiat, 11, Whitehaven, England

"I started secondary school three weeks ago, and on the second day we got five lots of homework! We get three lots of homework everyday and it is putting me off secondary school completely."

Adam, 11, Solihull, England

"I get too much homework and not enough time to have fun and do homework as well."

Kim, nine, Borders, Scotland

"It's not fair that we should do all that work at school and then be given even more to do at home!"

Lana, 12, Leicester, England

"I get way too much homework. I think we should get three days of the week that are homework nights, not every day for two hours."

Rosie, 12, London, England

"I have orchestra on Tuesdays and scouts on Thursdays, I am trying to write a story, get at least an hour on the trampoline everyday, but I have quite a bit of homework so I can't do it all."

Jordan, 12, Newcastle England

"Yes, because since we spend most of our life in school there should be no need to have homework."

James, 14, Grimsby, England

"I have two hours each night apart from Friday where I have up to four hours. I think we should have 30 mins of homework each night apart from Friday when we get an hour so we still learn the extra facts that we do in our homework and we can also have fun with our friends and chill out!"

Emma, 12, Hertfordshire, England

Homework can often feel like an overwhelming, never-ending pile of stress. Homework stress can cause frustration and anxiety and ultimately prevent you from achieving your best results.

However, this feeling of not being in control can be avoided by simply adjusting your study habits. Homework and study can actually be a rewarding, satisfying experience if done in an organised and efficient way. Here are some tips on how to achieve that.

1. Practise good time management

Time management is key to avoiding homework stress. Plotting out the time you need to complete your homework or assignment can quickly make what seems like an overwhelming task much less stressful to approach.

  • Set aside a certain amount of time each day to work on your homework, and choose a time that sits you. You may prefer early in the morning before school, or maybe you’re fresher when you get home from school in the afternoon.
  • Use a calendar or school planner to plot out your work. List important dates, when things are due and when you have exams. This will help you have a good visual of things you need to work towards.
  • Allow enough time to complete your work. Making sure you give yourself enough time to complete your work is crucial in avoiding a meltdown. Be realistic. Estimate how long you think it will take each day to complete your homework, and allow plenty of time for bigger projects and assignments.

2. Ask questions

One of the biggest causes of homework stress is not understanding the question, or how to solve the problem at hand. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and clarify what you need to do. Whether it be a question on how to solve a tricky trigonometry problem or how to structure your essay, no question is a silly question. Try asking your teachers, your parents, a friend or an online Subject Specialist for help.

3. Listen to your teacher and take notes

It sounds simple, but it’s something that many students struggle with. Pay attention and write down important terms and ideas in the classroom. You will find this helps organise your thoughts and remember key information, which will make homework time much more of a breeze.

4. Allow more time for areas you find difficult

Take a practice test or write a practice essay and focus on the areas you find the hardest. The more you practise, the less stressful it will be when the time comes to sit the exam or hand in your assignment.

5. Refresh your memory regularly

Every afternoon, or at least every couple of days, go over what you’ve learnt from previous lessons. If you find that you don’t have the basic knowledge to tackle more difficult subjects go over this more frequently -  this will help you build up your confidence in those areas.

6. Get a good night’s sleep

It may sound obvious, but it’s easy to suffer from sleep deprivation when you are feeling stressed about homework. Research suggests that kids and teens need around 9-10 hours sleep a night.  This will significantly help focus, memory, decision making and creativity, all of which are important inside and outside of the classroom.

7. Avoid procrastination

Procrastination could well be the biggest factor responsible for homework stress. You’d be surprised at how much time you can waste by putting off what you need to do until you’ve checked out your Facebook page or listened to your favourite song! Let these be rewards for once your work is actually done.

8. Have a healthy snack

There is a proven link between what we eat and how well our brain functions. Memory, learning ability and emotional states are affected by what we put into our bodies, and to perform our best we need a healthy diet. (Check out some delicious and healthy snack recipes here)


9. Remember to breathe

If you’re starting to feel anxious or overwhelmed by your work, take five deep breaths and give yourself a moment of calm. Deep breathing will help control your nervous system and encourage your body to relax, bringing you into a better state to concentrate on your study.

10. Give yourself some ‘me’ time

While it’s important that you manage your time and work efficiently, you are going to be much more productive if you are feeling fresh and have had some time to do things you enjoy doing. It might be going for a walk or a swim, hanging out with some friends on the weekend, or perhaps it’s playing sport? Whatever it may be, make sure you have that balance. A healthy, happy mind equals better study time.

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