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Sheffield schoolboy Alex McTeer (10) who wrote to Prime Minister, David Cameron MP complaining about the amount of homework he was expected to do
Sheffield schoolboy Alex McTeer (10) who wrote to Prime Minister, David Cameron MP complaining about the amount of homework he was expected to do
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A schoolboy who was fed up of doing his homework took matters into his own hands - and wrote to the Prime Minister to complain.

Alex McTeer, aged 10, a pupil at Beck Primary School in Shiregreen, Sheffield, addressed his note to PM David Cameron – and was delighted to receive a reply from Downing Street.

His mum Nicola Robinson said: “Every Friday he gets sent home with homework and it really grates on him.

“He hates doing homework because he thinks home time is his time to play.

“He says he gets worked hard enough at school so one day he came home and said, ‘Mum, I’ve had enough of this. I’m going to write to the Prime Minister’.”

Nicola and her partner Paul McTeer encouraged Year 5 pupil Alex to write the letter and voice his opinion.

He sent off his letter at the end of January and has since had a reply from the offices of Number 10, Downing Street.

“It said on the letter why children have to do homework and how important it is,” said Nicola, a HR manager.

“It also said that Mr Cameron would want Alex to do well in his future studies.

“Alex was delighted he got an official letter.”

Nicola added: “It’s given Alex a real lift and has helped make him understand how important homework is.”

Alex is now more willing to get his homework done on a Friday evening so he can enjoy relaxing over the rest of the weekend, his mum said.

“I wouldn’t say he’s absolutely delighted about it, but he does crack on with it now,” added Nicola, of Oaks Fold, Shiregreen, Sheffield.

“When he grows up he had wanted to join the police force, but I think he would like to be Prime Minister now!”