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How long should children be spending on their homework?

It varies.  It depends on the age and the type of work to be done.  Spread over a few nights in short sharp sessions should keep the child's interest high rather than several hours in one night or leaving it to the last minute. Guidance from the government ( states: 

Years 1 and 2: one hour per week
Years 3 and 4: 1.5 hours per week
Years 5 and 6: 30 minutes per day

Please speak to your child's teacher for further guidance.