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Last Updated: Friday January 21 2005 16:30 GMT

Head bans homework for 12-yr-olds

Girl doing homework
Head teacher Patrick Hazlewood has banned 12-year-olds at his school from being given homework, saying it's an outdated way of learning.

Instead he's asking pupils at St John's in Marlborough, Wiltshire, to concentrate on managing the time they spend studying instead.

Mr Hazlewood said he wants to modernise the way his pupils learn, and homework just makes more work for teachers.

The radical teacher is also scrapping subject teaching for year sevens.

This means several subjects will be combined in a project on a particular topic.

'Learning journey'

Mr Hazlewood said his move to axe homework is part of his plan to put pupils on a "learning journey".

And he described the National Curriculum - a set of rules about what you must study in government-run schools in the UK - as a "dinosaur".

Last year a study by the University of London found that homework is sometimes more trouble that it's worth, but could really help older pupils.

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