Homework

The Purpose of Homework

Homework:

  • is a valuable aspect of the learning process and contributes to the development of sound study/revision skills.
  • enables students to become  independent and self motivated learners. 
  • helps students to reinforce and consolidate skills, knowledge and understanding acquired in lessons.
  • supports good student progress.
  • can be used to extend and enhance knowledge and understanding.
  • encourages good organisation – keeping up to date with activities and meeting deadlines.

Guidelines - Time

Students can expect to complete the following amounts of homework:

Year 7                   20 minutes homework per subject per night, usually no more than two subjects per night

Year 8                   25 minutes homework per subject per night, usually no more than two subjects per night

Year 9                   30 minutes homework per subject per night, usually no more than two subjects per night

Year 10 and 11    40 minutes homework per subject per night, usually no more than two subjects per night

Year 12 and 13    Five hours of private study per subject per week

Guidelines – homework tasks

Students will be set a range of learning activities.  These may include:

  • consolidation exercises
  • practice of skills
  • preparation for a lesson
  • research or independent projects

Homework will not always be a written activity and could include watching, listening, reading or discussion.  However, homework should always be meaningful and linked to the scheme of work being followed at the time. 

 

Homework –  responsibilities

Students are responsible for:

  • recording their homework tasks in their planner.
  • completing the homework set on time and to the best of their ability.
  • seeking help if they find their homework difficult.
  • using the comments teachers make on their work to improve further in the future.
  • using Edlounge if they don’t have ‘enough’ homework on a given evening.

Parents/carers should:

  • read the Academy’s homework policy.
  • provide a space and atmosphere at home in which homework can be completed – well lit, a desk or table and limited distractions.
  • encourage students to do homework on a regular basis and according to the time allocations above.
  • if work hasn’t been set by subject teachers encourage your son/daughter to use Edlounge.
  • check the student planner to ensure that homework is not left to the last minute and that it is being completed.
  • take an interest in the work but don’t over-supervise otherwise students don’t develop confidence and independence.
  • compliment or praise your child for completing work to the best of their ability.
  • raise any concerns about homework with your son/daughter’s form tutor.
  • regularly sign the student planner.

Teachers should:

  • ensure homework is set regularly – eg At KS3 when a student has a subject 3 or more times a week, homework should be set weekly.  Fewer lessons, homework should be set fortnightly.  At KS4 and 5 students should expect homework at least weekly from their subjects.  Larger projects can run over a number of weeks for any year group.
  • ensure homework is within the capabilities of the student.
  • ensure that homework is not just ‘finishing off’.
  • ensure that homework is linked to the current scheme of work.
  • always give feedback to students on their homework.

 

Monitoring Homework

The student planner and teacher planners are the record of the homework set and completed.  Form tutors and parents/carers should initial the student planner each week.  Curriculum Leaders will, periodically monitor and evaluate the work being set for completion at home in their departments.  Year Team Leaders will, on occasion, call in student planners to check their usage.