Is banning homework the best way to help children achieve optimum academic performance? With the 'right' amount of homework a subject of intense debate, and academic excellence ever more important for future success what role does homework play and what approaches are independent schools and tutors taking to get the balance right?


Adam Muckle

Adam Muckle is originally from Belfast and studied Classics at Durham University. He then pursued a legal career.

After training as a Barrister, a chance conversation led Adam unexpectedly to tutoring. Over the past eight years Adam has tutored here in the UK, throughout Europe and Asia, as well as online. Since March 2016 he has been President of The Tutors' Association, the professional body for tutoring and wider supplementary education sector in the UK. It seeks to provide recognition and professional support to tutors, and a reassuring and responsible voice for the tutoring profession in the UK.

Alice Phillips

Mrs Alice Phillips was educated at Kendal High School for Girls and went on to read English at Newnham College, Cambridge. After ten years as an English teacher, and then Head of English at the Royal Masonic School, Rickmansworth, she moved on to Deputy Headship at Tormead School, Guildford in 1993 and has been Headmistress of St Catherine’s, Bramley, an independent school for girls aged 4 – 18, near Guildford, since 2000.

She was President of the Girls’ Schools’ Association (GSA) in 2014 and is currently the Vice-Chairman of the Independent Schools’ Council.  She has also chaired GSA committees for South Central Region and Professional Development and been Acting Treasurer.  Staff Development and training are particular interests. Alice is a member of the Institute of Directors and a governor of the Yehudi Menuhin School.  Her hobbies include walking the family Labrador, gardening and choral singing with the Guildford Chamber Choir.

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