I suppose nobody can force homework in a state school .( its compulsory in many indipendant schools ) In my elder boy's school( which is a state school) homework is encouraged and those who struggle with it are first helped to see its importance at this school, if they want to keep up with the others in class and perform at their best, and they are also helped to organise themselves If this is an issue that they struggle with. Those who dont manage to do their homework for whatever reason, are incorporated into the pupil support system. ( there is a whole pupil support section with its own staff ) and pupils in this category are assisted ( in school) to complete any homework they have been given by class teachers.some do it at breaktime by choice, others are timetabled, and those pupils whom the pupil support team look after get regular targets ( for things like work, behaviour, coping mechanisms, etc) to work towards and parents get a written report each year , telling what targets their child agreed on and is working on) This kind of support ( plus scribing and laptop) kept my son managing his anxiety and disorganisation, as well as his dyspraxia, through his earlier teenage years. He also had to attend a small group, while in the first year, for those whose attendance level was below par !! There he was helped to see the importance of school attendance for future prospects ! Crucial is that they can tell who is just being lazy and who has genuine issues . But its a big school (1600 pupils) so can afford this , Its just a pity all schools cant have this kind of setup.
Starlet is only in year 3, I object to homework on moral grounds and also because we spend all of our time on sensory input, relationship building and just surviving the temper outbursts and emotional meltdowns... In the past Starlet's teacher has always accepted that but twice recently she has lost her golden time on Friday afternoon and been made to do the homework while the others played :-(
Was this the eco system kstar? The mind boggles at how you do a complete ecosystem in a shoe box !!!! (Actually, if I could think how to do it, it sounds a lot more fun than spelling reading or sums !!!)
With all the stuff you need to address ,at home with Starlet i can see homework is not on the agenda for you just now. Emotional outbursts used to have us struggling with homework a few years ago, so i know what that is like. If teacher was on board with that in the past, and knows the kind of issues that you are working on with Starlet at home, i would be tempted to ask her why the loss of Golden time on this occassion,, why the change of policy from her.