generalknowledge James, a colleague of mine, has just told me about the beta release of Homework Helper he's been working on the project team of. It's a web site which is designed to help 12-16 year old students find the help they need for assignments and homework on the major subjects in England (It works for Wales & Scotland too, but is is tagged to Key Stages and English subjects currently)

James said:

Homework Helper is made up of lots of specialist search engines that search the internet by homework topic. We only get results from the best sites for each subject, so you get better answers quicker. Just choose your year, subject, and topic from the drop down menu, enter a search term and we will find the answers and websites that will help answer your homework questions.

It's still a beta which means it’s not quite perfect yet, but we would like you to help us test it over the summer ready for you after your summer break. There are even some cool prizes for great feedback and suggestions.

There are prizes of MSN Music Vouchers for submitting new sites to search, or just for providing feedback. (Just thought I'd mention that if you wanted to give your kids something to do during the dismal downpours this weekend!)

My children haven't left primary school yet, but my eldest is due to leave this year, and so I'll be expecting the level of expertise needed to be a homework-helper to jump up a bit. So this is just in time for me!