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Last Updated: Tuesday March 11 2008 08:16 GMT

Calls for homework to be scrapped

Boy doing homework

A teachers' group is calling for kids to do less homework because of fears it makes them stressed and unhappy.

Under the plans homework for primary school kids could be completely scrapped, and the amount teenagers have to do would be cut back.

But don't think you've been let off the hook just yet, as the idea is so far only being talked about.

There are also calls for a group to be set up to look at other reasons why kids might be unhappy at school.

The ideas will be discussed at a meeting of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers union next week.

Mary Bousted from the union said: "I think a lot of homework is a waste of time."

Homework especially puts lots of stress on poorer children, who might not have as many books and computers at home, she added.

Learning skills

The government says teachers don't have to give homework, but they are encouraged to set it.

A spokesman for the Department for Children, Schools and Families said homework helped children and young people develop their learning skills.

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