Classes can often be heard letting out a collective groan when the teacher mentions homework, ruining plans for a night watching films or playing out with friends.
However, this will not be a concern for pupils attending a pioneering new secondary school in Norfolk - because it has decided to ban all homework.
Instead, the 1100 children who will attend the Jane Austen Academy in Norwich will do longer days at school.
The mixed free school for 11-18-year-olds - which will specialise in English and the humanities - is set to open in September 2014.
The school yesterday unveiled its prospective principal, Claire Heald, who said that city children would do extra study at school as part of the extended day, which could last until about 5pm.
She said: 'Rather than setting homework that pupils could go home and struggle with at home, and where there may be limited access to computers, they will do that as independent study in the day.
'We are saying that when they go home they should enjoy quality family time.
'There will not be any traditional homework - and that has been really well received by parents who respect the fact that family time will be family time.'