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School bans all homework to give kids more time to play

By Mason White 5:36 AM June 7, 2013
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By: Eva Fett
A school has announced that it has banned all forms of homework in order for kids to have more time to play, according to a statement released by school officials in Norwich, England.

The Jane Austen Academy in Norwich will have longer school days instead, which will now last until 5:00 pm.

The school for 11 to 18-year-olds, which will open next year, wants to give its 1,100 students more free time to play with their families.

Claire Heald, who is the school principal, said: “Instead of giving students homework, which is difficult for them to complete because they may be limited in getting access to computers, they will do their work during the day school. We are saying that when they go home they will enjoy quality family time. There will be no traditional homework, and the proposal has been very well received by parents who respect the fact that family time is family time.”

The principal still expects students to study at home before major exams.
Peter Devonish, director of Neatherd High School in Dereham, Norfolk, is also interested in the idea, but has some doubts.