The school values the work students do both at school and at home. Homework provides an opportunity for students to take increasing responsibility for their own learning through research into new topics prior to classroom learning (‘Flipped Learning’), by carrying out specific set tasks and projects, by completing work started in class and by ‘reading around’ a topic to extend the class work.
Teachers provide opportunities for learning beyond the classroom by setting challenging homework which is appropriate for the age and stage of pupils, that consolidates learning, deepens understanding and prepares pupils very well for work to come.
To promote confident, self-assured learners with excellent attitudes to learning and pride in their achievements, best examples of ‘Amazing Homework’ will be showcased on departmental display boards, in reception and on the website.
Frequency of homework
A timetable has been produced for all school students showing the allocation of homework for lessons. In addition, homework timetables for all years include slots for ‘Independent Learning / Revision / Reading.’ These slots allow students to reflect on end of unit Progress Reports in order to choose for themselves a focus for extended learning. Students in all year groups are encouraged to read privately every day.
As a general guide:
- Years 7 and 8 students can expect approximately 45 minutes homework each evening.
- Year 9 students can expect approximately 60 minutes homework each evening.
- Year 10 students can expect approximately 75 minutes homework each evening.
- Year 11 students can expect approximately 75 minutes homework each evening.
- Copy accurately the homework details and note the date the work is due to be handed in
- Do their best with each piece of work. If some of the homework is too difficult, try to obtain help – from a teacher or parent or peer
- Whenever possible talk to parents or teachers or tutors about their progress and aspirations.
Parents are asked to:
- Check the homework details are entered properly in the Student Planner, check its completion and sign weekly in the space provided.
- Assist their child to organise his or her time to their best advantage so that homework is not left to the last minute or even forgotten.
- Try to provide suitable working conditions at home (a quiet place).
- Take a keen and active interest in their child’s work rather than just insisting that it is completed. A continual interest can make a huge difference to the quality of work produced and a student’s attitude towards homework and eventually their achievements in public examinations.
- Give assistance, if required, but not do the work for their child.
In addition to their timetabled homework, at the weekend all students in Years 7-10 are required to complete the Assembly Competition as a PSHE homework to be submitted to their tutor.
All students are provided with a planner at the start of the year. This is the key vehicle for communicating homework activities to parents and should be used as fully as possible (other than simply to record what homework has to be done and the date by which it has to be done) for example:
- To obtain a parental signature
- To communicate (briefly) with parents, particularly where there are concerns over non-completion
The Homework Timetable 2017-2018 is currently being developed and will be released in September 2017.