'Home' is taken out of homework

Primary pupils are unlikely to see changes in school week before rentrée 2018

Homework and the primary school week are two areas where parents may see changes for their children in the next school year as the new Education Minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer, prepares for September’s rentrée.

On homework, the minister wants children to be able to do their devoirs at school, to end inequalities between those that have parents who can help them and a quiet area to work in and those that do not.

The primary school changes may involve children changing back to a four-day week as Mr Blanquer has said that decision will be made locally.

Free voluntary study sessions will be made available to pupils in collèges from September and it is planned to extend this to primaries with a progressive introduction in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Mr Blanquer said homework was necessary as each child needed to work on their own, in a calm atmosphere to do, or redo exercises, learn or revise lessons, improve memory and develop analysis skills. However, he said that, at present, homework does not help all pupils and he hopes the opportunity of doing it at school will help.

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