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Homework advice from the DfE

Government guidelines on homework give a broad indication of the type of activities and how much time pupils might reasonably be expected to spend on homework.

For infants the guidelines are:

  • Years one and two - 1 hour per week


  • However, the guidelines emphasise that it is more important that homework is of high quality and helps your child to learn than the amount of time they spend on it in a week.


  • The guidelines encourage schools to plan homework carefully alongside the work children do at school, and to make sure that all activities are appropriate for individual pupils.



  • Schools are expected to organise homework carefully.


  • All homework activities should be related to work pupils are doing in class.


  • Homework should not always be written work – It should also be project work.



  • In infant schools’ pupils should be reading with parents or carers, they should practice mathematical skills, phonics, spellings and handwriting, project work, making and finding out information. 


  • Parents should support their children with homework, however, there may be times when children should be encouraged to show what they can do on their own. 

DfE (Department for Education)