Top school looks to ban homework
Cheltenham Ladies College reviewing whether to stop homework as youngsters becoming depressed
By Nicola Harley
5 June 2015
One of the UK’s top schools is looking to ban homework to help prevent youngsters from suffering mental health problems.
Cheltenham Ladies College is set to review its homework policy over the next five years to help protect students from suffering depression.
From the new term in September the school is introducing meditation classes and giving students twice as long to walk between classrooms for lessons.
Principal Eve Jardine-Young is considering scrapping homework for pupils in a bid to prevent mental illnesses in their teenage pupils.
She said teachers are being trained to spot signs of depression in youngsters.
Speaking to the Times, she said the school, which she took charge of in 2011, will be reviewing its homework policy over the next five years.
“We will have to look at how we are doing things,” she said.
“Will we even be doing prep?
“What we have been reflecting on in the last few years are the big national trends and international trends in the worsening states of adolescent mental health.
“We’ve created this epidemic of anxiety for ourselves as a society, and if our obligation as educators is to try to the best of our ability to set young people up as best we can for whatever the future may hold, then to ignore this whole area or to trivialise it is really irresponsible.”
She said one alternative might be to allow pupils to study material prior to lessons.