It’s Sunday night and it's chaos. Your youngest forgot to mention their spelling test on Tuesday. Your eldest hasn’t finished their report on the Second World War — and it’s due tomorrow.

As you enter a screaming match and then attempt to scramble something together, you can’t help but wonder: is homework really worth it?

You’re not alone. More than a third of parents don’t believe their primary school-aged child should be doing homework, according to the 2017 Ofsted Parents Panel Annual Report. And Telegraph columnist Judith Woods argues that homework puts families under undue stress.

But does it actually help? Are the family rows worth it because it helps children get ahead? We asked education experts to find out whether homework has merit. 

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