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Do primary school kids need homework?

We ask a school principal what kids should be doing after school - and it's a pretty cool answer.

By Karyn Henger

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Homework is an accepted part of school life for secondary students but is it necessary for primary school kids?

Target Road School principal Helen Varney has a short answer to this - no.

Even when your child is learning to read it's more useful to talk to your child about the story than go through the book with them word-by-word, she says.

So what are kids better off doing after school, then?

In this video Varney talks about why traditional approaches to homework for under-11's don't work, what kids are better off doing after school, and how parents can help their kids connect what they're learning at school with everyday life.