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Is it standard practice now for teachers not to mark homework?

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FluffyBunnyGoneBad Tue 30-Jun-09 14:12:30

Ds hasn't had his marked since last term. Normal?

GooseyLoosey Tue 30-Jun-09 14:14:05

Not for us. Sometimes it will go a week without being marked but never any longer. What is the point in it if the teacher has no idea what is being done with it?

saadia Tue 30-Jun-09 14:16:03

I'm always astounded when it comes back marked, which it eventually does. I try to think that ds might have got some benefit from just doing it.

janinlondon Tue 30-Jun-09 14:17:56

No its not normal. Homework should be marked within a reasonable period - i.e. while the child is still working on the subject and can still relate to the concepts. Ours is marked every day. What is the point otherwise?

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Tue 30-Jun-09 14:22:01

He goes to such an effort sometimes, it's really sad that it comes home blank. He created the madhatters tea party out of Lego yesterday, it took him ages, I doubt it will get marked though.

GooseyLoosey Tue 30-Jun-09 14:24:37

That sounds like really fun homework. What was it for? I think I might have to nip in for a quick, informal chat with the teacher if nothing was ever marked as it would really feel like wasted effort for the dcs.

saadia Tue 30-Jun-09 14:25:22

that's terrible sad.

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Tue 30-Jun-09 14:29:50

He had to create a scene from the mad hatters tea party, being as 'creative' as possible. It looks great. I He spent ages trying to find trees and flowers, it even has yoda hiding ('to see if she pays attention to my homework' sad)

janinlondon Tue 30-Jun-09 14:33:43

This sends a very poor message to the children who put a real effort into their work. And your son clearly, has noticed it. I would complain. Very loudly.

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Tue 30-Jun-09 14:36:54

It was noted on their last Ofsted report IIRC, I was hoping it had got better. I was wrong.

GooseyLoosey Tue 30-Jun-09 14:57:33

You have to mention it to the teacher then.

melissa75 Tue 30-Jun-09 16:54:44

I do not personally mark TA does it when she is in...she will tick it and stamp it. If there is something specific she thinks I need to see or has a question about, then I take a look at it...but other than that, I am afraid I do not even see the homework! IMO, I think homework is there for the child to do some fun extra learning activities to assist them in the topic they are doing in class, and also to get parents involved so there is a home and school link...not so much for the child to do it for marking purposes...but thats only my opinion.

mrz Tue 30-Jun-09 17:55:49

I wouldn't bother giving homework if I wasn't going to look at it ...

aGalChangedHerName Tue 30-Jun-09 17:59:15

Ds2 always had homework marked and same at high school.

What really pisses me off is pupils marking each others class work. Ds2 always has a bloody thug marking his in science and he marks it wrong on purpose angry If it continues next term than i will be complaining!!

Hulababy Tue 30-Jun-09 18:08:25

DD is in Y2 and has homework most nights. It is handed in and marked the same day, with feedback.

The Y1 class I work in (diff school) doesn't get homework at all, other than reading which is led by the parent.

StripeyKnickersSpottySocks Tue 30-Jun-09 18:19:07

DD's frequently isn't taken in. Its been in her bag for last 3 weeks, she says teacher keeps saying he'll take it in the next day and doesn't. I'm guessing its too near the end of term now for it to be marked or any more to be handed out. hmm

trickerg Tue 30-Jun-09 18:27:51

We don't mark homework. Homework, as our school sees it, is just that - work done at home either to consolidate work done in the week, or to prepare something that we will work on together the following week. (For instance, a phonics group may find lots of ee words in their reading books and bring them in to a phonics lesson the following week.) We don't usually set things that could be 'marked' as such - very few worksheets.

bluesushicat Tue 30-Jun-09 19:01:32

DS1's (year 3) homework wasn't marked either. I don't make him do it as I can't personally see the point unless it is going to be marked. It's always worksheets though - not as trickerg describes which sounds entirely reasonable. I don't think there is any value in mentioning it now but I would in September.

Agal... if they're peer assessing then they should have criteria to use and he shouldn't be able to mark it wrong deliberately. The teacher should also check that it's marked correctly when they take the books in - I do.

piscesmoon Tue 30-Jun-09 19:20:23

I don't see the point of giving it if it isn't marked. Either they self mark, if it something simple like mental maths, or I mark it properly and write a comment, or we use it in a lesson.

mrz Tue 30-Jun-09 19:25:23

I don't use worksheets either but if homework is worth setting it's worth looking at and praising the effort.

hocuspontas Tue 30-Jun-09 19:26:57

Hulababy - doesn't that worry you slightly? Unless the teacher is spending her lunchtime marking, it must be being done during teaching time

piscesmoon Tue 30-Jun-09 19:28:44

I don't see how you mark it before hometime!

Hulababy Tue 30-Jun-09 20:43:50

hocuspontas - no, not at all. As I help at the school regularly I now that the teacher isn't doing it in teaching time. However she does have a very small class - just 14 - so it gets down quickly. Also the homework set is not excessive - maybe 10 sums, hald a page of writing, some research, draw a picture, etc. So takes a very short period of time for her to mark them. Often done over coffee in 10 minutes.

hocuspontas Tue 30-Jun-09 20:49:57

Ah, that's ok then. I was starting to worry on your behalf grin

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