Firefly - 13 year olds worst at submitting homework on time
School learning tool Firefly analyses homework habits of UK secondary school students - revealing that one million pieces of homework are handed in late every single day
– School learning tool Firefly reveals that 13 year olds are least likely to submit homework on time. The independent survey of 2,000 secondary school students shows a clear dip in the attitude and proactivity to homework at age 13. After hitting a homework
peak, completing it before the deadline at 12 years old, homework then takes a back seat and the excuses flow. Thankfully it only lasts the one year as the study shows from
ages 14+ there is a steady increase in homework punctuality.
Students aged 13 (year 8-9) are:
Least likely to complete their homework on time (67%)
Most likely to say the dog ate their homework (9%)
Most likely to get parent or guardian to complete homework for them (23%)
Most likely to think homework shouldn’t be given to them (54% categorically say no)
Least likely to think homework adds to their overall learning experience (45% think it doesn’t)
The data also shows that
more than one in four pieces of homework are handed in late (28%) across the UK, adding up to a whopping one million pieces a day across UK schools.
The principal reason students don't get their homework done is because they don't feel confident to get it done right. But that's not what they tell their teachers, as they're more likely to
say they didn't know the deadline rather than admitting the truth.
Other key stats include:
On average secondary school students get 6 pieces of homework a week and spend an hour on homework every night
One in three (31%) students regularly make excuses about homework
YouTube is the biggest distraction from homework (23%) followed by TV and Snapchat
Students are most
likely to make an excuse to avoid doing Maths homework followed by Foreign Languages
Mum is the biggest help with homework (73%), more than Dad (53%)
Independent schools are less likely to complete homework on time compared to State schools (59% vs 73%), more
likely to make up excuses for why (32%) and nearly 3 times more likely to claim the “dog ate my homework” (16%)
Co-founder at Firefly, comments “What’s really interesting here is what we call the ‘age 13 dip’ - you’re new to being a teenager, you’ve found your feet at
secondary school and GCSEs aren't quite in sight yet, and so deadlines suffer. But looking beyond this, most don’t complete homework simply because they don’t feel confident to get it right. We started Firefly when we were still at school, so understand how
it can be difficult to communicate with teachers about homework, which is why we made a tool that makes the process better for everyone”.
Jon Barker, Science Teacher at Highams Park School,
Firefly’s data highlights an interesting pressure point with homework. It’s clear there are a range of reasons for homework not being completed, which we try
to address through support sessions, homework clubs as well as the traditional "come and see me if you are stuck."
If there is a way to refine the feedback loop
between students, parents and teachers, there is a good chance we can eliminate some of the difficulties around understanding and help improve overall performance.”