Schools make their own decisions about what homework to set, or whether to set any. Some set homework for older students but not younger ones, while others set homework for all students. We encourage parents to talk with their children's teachers to find out about schools’ homework policies.  

Homework is valuable to many parents because it gives them a good sense of what their child is learning, which is important. Talking with their children about the learning, rather than merely supervising, is particularly effective. If homework becomes an area of conflict between a parent and a child, it can have a negative affect on learning.

Good advice on the techniques parents can use to turn homework into a positive experience, and what they can do if they don’t understand their children’s homework can be at: https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/60188/Chapter-7-redacted.pdf (external link)   

For older students, it is important that they know where to seek help when they are stuck and their parents don’t have the subject knowledge to be able to help.  In these situations, parents can help by suggesting connections to extended family and friends.

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