27
MAY
2016

NPC Launch the Results of their Survey of Children, Parents and Teachers on Homework

National Parents Council Primary (NPC) launch the results of their survey of children, parents and teachers on homework at their Annual Conference this weekend and call for a re-imagining of how we encourage children's learning at home

In a recent survey conducted by National Parents Council Primary (NPC) in cooperation with the Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN), 85% of children told us that they received homework four times a week. Unfortunately parents and children also told us that homework time can also be a stressful time for them and their family.

Decades of research has told us that what parents do in the home to support their children’s learning is critical for improving outcomes for children. The most important thing parents can do is create a positive home learning environment for their children, a home that values and encourages education that fosters learning and pays attention to children’s naturally inquiring minds.

 Whilst the survey shows the majority of teachers (80%) parents (73%) and children (62%) see benefits of homework there are also concerns in how it currently is delivered. 53% of children tell us that they worry about completing their homework. 62% of parents tell us that homework time is stressful.

The home learning environment is important and parents, children and teachers all see the benefits of home learning, it is essential that we examine further how we can support families to create and foster positive opportunities and environments for children that promote a love of learning. Parents, children and schools working in partnership are vital to re-imagining how homework is delivered.

Áine Lynch, CEO with NPC commented “In Ireland we rightly spend enormous financial and human resources developing a curriculum for learning at school. NPC now call on the Government to pay equal attention to supporting parents with the home curriculum for their child’s learning.”

Sean Cottrell, CEO of IPPN stated “It is very disappointing to discover that large numbers of children experience stress and worry around homework. In the last 12 months, IPPN has organised a National Symposium on Emotional Wellbeing. Clearly there is a lot of work to be done if, in cooperation with parents, we are to give any meaning to the saying school days are the happiest days in children’s lives”.

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The survey ran from the 4th to the 22nd of May 2016

2,330 children took part in the survey, 5,752 parents and 1,337 teachers

NPC Conference: Ready Steady Learn will be held at the National College of Ireland, IFSC, Mayor Street, Dublin 1 from 10.30am on Saturday 28th May 2016

Contact: Áine Lynch, CEO of National Parents Council Primary Tel: 087-9294949