In September 2017, Surbiton High School allowed its Key Stage 3 staff to opt out of homework if they didn’t want to set it; it stopped project homework in its prep school, opting instead for spelling, reading and short maths tasks. All pupils were given at least a week to complete their work. Non-homework weeks were introduced throughout the school and no work was to be set during holidays below Year 11. This change in policy was based on a year-long review of homework across Surbiton High Schools and was lead by Matthew Close – Vice-Principal (Staff and Pupil Development and Well-being). The policy has recently been reviewed with input from pupils, parents and staff.

In his workshop, Matthew will explain the rationale and research behind the changes, how change was implemented and the outcomes of the recent review.