Primary school pupils at Northampton school given homework via Twitter

Ecton Brook Primary school pupils blogging on their schools website
Ecton Brook Primary school pupils blogging on their schools website

A primary school in Northampton is hoping to encourage other schools to tweet and blog pupils’ homework after the idea increased homework responses to almost 100 per cent.

Teachers of Year 6 classes at Ecton Brook Primary School first created online blogs for their classes a few years ago, before coming up with the idea of using it to post and receive their pupils’ homework as well.

Last year they took the next step to link the blog to Twitter, allowing pupils and parents to be alerted to their children’s tasks.

Lee Bridge, a Year 6 teacher at the school, said: “Now that parents and children have this online access to tasks, 
responses have been excellent.

“The idea has boosted returns on homework from roughly 75 per cent a year 
or so ago, to around 95 per cent.

“As a father myself, I know that one of the biggest issues with keeping track of your children’s homework is that when it gets given on paper, it often gets shoved in the bottom of a bag and forgotten until the last minute, then it’s a mad panic to get it done.”

Students submit their written assignments as blog posts on their class’ site.

This means they can view each other’s work and offer feedback in what Mr Bridge described as a “more university forum-style model.”

He said: “It also allows parents to be more involved in their children’s work, which is a good thing.

“Putting their work up for their classmates to see gives them a sense of pride and encourages just a little healthy competition.

“They also give great feedback on each other’s posts.”

Ecton Brook is part of the Northampton Primary Academy Trust (NPAT) which includes a group of schools in the area. Mr Bridge added: “The idea has been so successful that we are planning to take it to the wider NPAT to see if other schools in the group would be interested in taking up something similar.”

Pupils and parents can access their class blogs through links on the school’s website.

School heads Mrs Archer and Mr Woods also run a blog on the website, updating readers with news, events and pictures.