1st Edition

The Homework Conundrum How to Stop the Dog From Eating Homework

By Jovita M. Castelino Copyright 2025
    188 Pages 27 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    188 Pages 27 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Homework has a key role to play in strengthening memory, building attainment, and helping students to develop transferable, life-long study skills. If done right, regular, good-quality homework has the potential to bridge achievement gaps and help all students become successful, confident learners.

    Rooted in robust cognitive science principles, this book provides a clear guide for how a successful homework culture can be built in a school and within the classroom. With a focus on making homework an integral part of teaching and learning, it includes practical strategies on how to get students, staff and parents to value the homework that is set, ensuring it is built into sustainable practice, so all parties can reap its many benefits. Chapters cover:

    • Cognitive science principles and homework

    • The features of effective homework

    • Parental role and involvement

    • Supporting all students

    • Rewards and sanctions

    • Motivation and attainment

    Part of The InnerDrive Teacher CPD Academy series that offers a deep dive into the key areas that matter to teachers; this book is essential reading for all teachers and leaders wanting to ensure that homework is well designed, evidence-informed, implemented consistently and valued by all members of the school community.

    1. Why talk about homework?  2. How do we learn?  3. Making homework effective  4. Motivating students through homework  5. The role of the home in successful homework  6. Supporting students with homework  7. Rewards and sanctions  8. Building a homework culture  9. Examples  10. Frequently Asked Questions


    Jovita Castelino is Curriculum Leader for Science at Trinity Academy Cathedral, Wakefield. She is an experienced teacher with a special interest in applying cognitive science principles to teaching to maximise student learning.