Now that the Internet exists it has become a justification for doling out some pretty complicated homework assignments with a very short deadline and not having to provide an appropriate textbook.
Without wanting to give too much away, I work in a school where a small number don't have access to a computer/the internet at home and not all teachers are sympathetic. I frequently hear them being told to use the library or to go to homework club, which isn't always possible when the weather is bad and the library becomes popular or if they are unable to stay after school. I know not everything can be stress-free 100% of the time, but I do feel that some pieces of homework aren't properly thought out and, as a result, there is unnecessary stress. I think it's something to do with teachers having far too much to do, but please don't ask me why teachers are so busy, mystery, as I opted out of teaching a couple of years ago.
Think I am going to make a very bad secondary school mother!
I'm going to suggest to my DC's school that they have a week at least once a term, preferably once every half term, when no hwk is set. Not sure if this is possible at GCSE, but certainly at KS3 this would give everyone a much needed break and would give those who need it time to catch up. Hey, there might even be some time to read over what was covered in class. If there are any flaws in this argument, I'm not sure I want to know