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Homework is work that is set to be done outside the timetabled curriculum. It contains an element of independent study in that it is not usually directly supervised by a teacher. It is important in raising student achievement.
Not all homework is done at home; in fact, for some pupils who find it hard to work at home, or for some tasks which may require resources (books, software, equipment) more readily available at school, it is necessary or desirable to carry out the task at school.
Homework enhances pupil learning, improves achievement and develops pupils’ study skills and as such is an integral part of the curriculum. It requires careful planning and integration into the scheme of work of each curriculum area.
- To encourage students to develop the practice of independent study.
- To develop perseverance and self-discipline.
- To encourage students to develop their KASH (Knowledge, Attitudes, Skills and Habits).
- To enable students to learn through the practice of skills acquired in the classroom.
- To permit more rapid progress to be made by each individual; to promote quiet reflection on the work covered in the lesson.
- To enable class work to concentrate on those activities requiring the teacher’s presence.
- To encourage students to investigate topics of study in depth, particularly through the use of effective follow-up questions.
- To open up areas of study and to make possible the use of materials and sources available outside the classroom.
- To encourage students to enjoy the skills, concepts and experiences related to each subject.
- To encourage students to talk, discuss and research using the rich variety of resources which our community can provide.
High quality homework and a good work ethos should be sensitively praised in class. Where appropriate, homework should be included in display work. Vivos, Postcards and personalised rewards for outstanding homework could also be given.
The role of the pupil
- To listen to homework instructions in class.
- To copy down instructions for the task and deadline date into their planner.
- To ensure that homework is completed and handed in to meet the deadline.
- To attempt all work and give their best.
- To inform the class teacher of any difficulties.
The role of the Form Tutor
- (The Pastoral Manager will also play a key role in monitoring planners).
- To include homework checks in line with the timetable in registration.
- To check that the planner is being signed by the parent/guardian.
- To note and respond to any comments written in diaries by parents.
The role of the Class Teacher
- (The HoF will also play a key role in monitoring the quality and standard of homework within the faculty and will have an overview of when each teacher sets homework).
- The class teacher controls the direction of homework and the nature of tasks undertaken.
The teacher will:
- Set homework according to the timetable.
- Provide the stimulus.
- Give full and comprehensive instructions.
- Set deadlines for completed work and ensure that they are met.
- Mark and return all homework using the school feedback policy to ensure a clear and developmental learning conversation takes place between them and the student.
- Provide help and support.
- Allocate time within some lessons for students to respond to diagnostic feedback given from homework using green pens
- Inform the Faculty Leader when problems arise, and the Tutor and Pastoral manager when problems arise.
- Log achievement and behaviour incidents regarding homework onto SIMS
- Liaise with Parents/Carers regarding homework specific communications of a positive and negative nature
Parents/Carers can assist by:
- Reinforcing its value through positive feedback and give students the confidence to persevere, work hard and reach high standards of achievement
- Providing a quiet place to work.
- Checking the time spent on individual tasks.
- Checking presentation and content of all homework being returned to school.
- Signing the homework planner each week.
- Providing the school with information about any problems through the homework planner or by contacting the school directly
- Expectations: How much and by whom?
The expectation of the length of homework will depend on: the curriculum time for each subject; the nature of the work; the ability of the pupil, and the particular Year Group.
How much homework will students receive?
On average a student should expect to receive the following:
- KS3: anywhere between 25-30 minutes per homework with Maths and English setting two homework per week in KS3 and all other subjects one piece of homework.
- KS4: anywhere between 30 minutes to 1 hour per homework with Maths and English setting two homework per week in KS3 and all other subjects one piece of homework.
- KS5: A minimum of 2 hours work per subject a week for a standard 4 x AS level.
*Although there is a minimum requirement for homework set each week, if a subject area is using a takeaway homework or extended project model, the expectation is that students note that they are continuing this work in their planner rather than feel the need to set stand-alone homework at each required point.
Homework can take a variety of forms, including:
- Writing tasks;
- Note-taking and writing up notes taken in lessons;
- Takeaway Homework;
- Learning – for example: facts, vocabulary, spellings, scripts;
- Completing coursework;
- Drawing or design work;
- Preparing for discussions or presentations;
- On-line learning or research tasks;
- Answering questions;
- Completing worksheets;
- Revising for tests and exams