RATIONALE

Work done at home can make a significant contribution to a pupil’s progress at school and therefore it should be an integral part of the education process. Homework can be used to extend learning, consolidate learning from lessons and challenge pupils beyond the classroom experience. It also provides an opportunity for parental engagement between pupil and school. Students who complete homework regularly in Key Stage 3 learn the skills needed for completion of homework and revision that are necessary for Key Stage 4.

AIMS

The purpose of homework:

  • To develop and consolidate the skills needed for effective independent study. This is important for pupils’ life long learning and adaptability.
  • To prepare for the next lesson’s content.
  • To build confidence and, in turn, motivate students as their understanding develops.
  • To manage particular curriculum and course demands such as coursework.
  • To provide the opportunity for extension work that may not be a possibility within a busy curriculum.

TIME ALLOCATION FOR HOMEWORK

The following time allocations should be flexible, depending on a particular pupil’s circumstances and needs.

Year

Subjects

Recommended time per day

7

Homework will be set for the following:

English, Maths, Science, French: once per week.

History, Geography, RS, Design & Technology, Art and Computing: once every three weeks.

Music, Dance and Drama: once every half term.

Homework will not be set for PE, PSHE or Literacy.

Up to 60 mins.

8

Homework will be set for the following:

English, Maths, Science, French: once per week.

History, Geography, RS, Design & Technology, Art and Computing: once every three weeks.

Music, Dance and Drama: once every half term.

Homework will not be set for PE, PSHE or Literacy.

Up to 60 mins.

9

Homework will be set for the following:

English, Maths, Science, French: once per week.

History, Geography, RS, Design & Technology, Art and Computing: once every three weeks.

Music, Dance and Drama: once every half term.

Homework will not be set for PE, PSHE, Spanish or Literacy.

Up to 90 mins

10

Homework will be set for English, Maths, Science and the four option subjects chosen for Key Stage 4.

Homework will not be set for Core PE, PSHE or Learning Support.

Up to 120 mins (including attending support or revision sessions)

11

Homework will be set for English, Maths, Science and the four option subjects chosen for Key Stage 4.

Homework will not be set for Core PE, PSHE or Learning Support.

Up to 150 mins (including attending support or revision sessions after school.)

Students will, in most cases, have at least a week to complete homework tasks. The minimum a students should have is three days to complete a task.

Students are expected to check the details of the homework in Doddle along with the due date of assignments. This information will also be available to parents through Doddle in the ‘to do’ section.

Each homework task in Key Stage 3 should take no longer than 30 minutes. If it takes longer than this, students should see their teacher for support rather than spending too long on a task. Sometimes pupils are given an activity to complete over several weeks. Pupils will need help in managing their time to ensure that the task is given the necessary time allocated. Homework in Key Stage 4 is likely to take longer. Subjects can set up to 1.5 hours a week (3 hours for Science as it is worth 2 GCSE grades).

Work that is completed to a poor standard will be returned to students to complete again or improve.

Expectations of Pupils

  • Pupils are expected to check Doddle daily for each subject and note the due date of the work set.
  • Pupils are expected to attempt all homework set to the best of their ability.
  • Pupils should not rush their homework and should try to complete it in a peaceful working environment.
  • Pupils are expected to show parents or carers the homework they have completed.
  • Pupils should seek help when they are not sure what to do – from a parent or carer and/or subject teacher.

Expectations of Staff

  • Subject Teachers will ensure that homework tasks are explained well during the lesson, giving necessary details in writing and checking that pupils understand what they have to do.
  • Subject teachers will encourage pupils to record tasks in their planner.
  • Subject teachers will monitor homework completion and quality, and mark completed work in line with the school’s ‘Marking and Feedback’ policy.
  • Subject teachers will record homework tasks in Doddle so that parents and students can access the instructions and any resources required.
  • Subject teachers will reward students completing homework in a timely fashion and to a good standard using the whole school rewards system.
  • Subject teachers will record behaviour points for students not completing homework in a timely fashion or to a good quality.
  • Subject teachers will contact home for those students consistently failing to meet homework expectations.
  • Subject Leaders will monitor the setting of appropriate homework tasks within their subject. They, in turn, will feed back to Faculty Leaders.
  • Faculty Leaders will raise concerns about the quality or completion of homework tasks to the school’s Leadership Team.

Expectations of Parents and Carers:

We ask parents and carers to support their child with homework by:

  • Providing a suitable, peaceful place to work.
  • Encouraging pupils to attend the Homework Club in Key Stage 3 Support if students are struggling.
  • Showing their child that homework is valued.
  • Discussing their child’s work with him or her.
  • Helping their child to research answers using the internet or a teacher’s resources if they are struggling.
  • Encouraging and praising their child for completing homework well.
  • Expecting and checking that deadlines are met.
  • Letting staff know if a student has not been able to complete homework for a specific reason.
  • Checking that work is not rushed, is completed with accuracy and to the best of the child’s ability.

Revised October 2020.