“Homework is not an optional extra, but an essential part of a good education.” – 1999 White Paper, Excellence in Schools
Homework is essential to successful learning in many subjects. It gives students the opportunity to practise what has been learnt in class; it provides opportunities for self-discovery, helping them to acquire greater knowledge and understanding. It trains our students to develop effective private study habits outside of school and become independent enquirers, one of the key skills needed for further education and the world of work. In Upper School in particular, homework is essential if the examination syllabuses are to be covered adequately and in many GCSE subjects independent work done at home is a requirement of the examination.
How long should my child spend on homework?
It is the school’s policy that all students are set homework appropriate to their age and ability. The rationale behind homework assignments is that any extended learning opportunity should be meaningful, enjoyable and support their learning. As there will be a wide variety of tasks set by teachers, the amount of time students spend on homework will vary, but as a general guide the national average is shown below:
Year 7 & 8 = 45-90 minutes a day
Year 9 = 60-120 minutes a day
Year 10 & 11 = 90-150 minutes a day
If your child is usually spending either far more time than this or far less, please draw the matter to our attention.
Homework can be made up of a variety of tasks. These include Consolidation, Preparation, Research, Extension work, Experiential learning and Reflection. Homework activities may build up over time to form an extended piece of written work or a project.
The schools weekly homework timetable is in place as a guide to what can be expected each week, to help develop student time management skills. There may be times when project work is set over a longer period of time and therefore may not be set every week, but this will be recorded in the diary in a manner that reflects this. Students are expected to use their planners to record homework at all times as this will aid organisation and strengthens the communication between home and school. Students will be given an appropriate deadline to complete the work (rarely for the next day), enabling students to self-manage their workload each week and start to learn the important life skills that are needed in the world of work.
Please click below to view the homework timetables for each year group:-
Your child will be asked to complete homework and revision tasks that are ICT based. They will be given personal login details to access recommended subject specific websites. Further details of these websites can be found in individual subjects in the curriculum area of the school website.
The school has subscribed to an online revision site which is used by all subjects. Students can use the site to revise and test themselves using practice exam papers and test questions across more than 20 subjects, in a variety of different formats that are fun, engaging and challenging. Research shows that overall with a minimum of 10 hours use per subject, on average students achieve 2 GCSE grades better than expected.
Please click here to view SAM user guide.
How can you help your child with homework?
Your support as parents/carers is absolutely essential and we ask you most sincerely to take an interest in the standard and presentation of the work submitted.
Parents and carers can help staff and students by checking and signing the student planner each week (every night if possible) and looking through their homework with them. Students should write down all the subjects for which they could receive homework on the appropriate day according to the timetable. We believe that this helps provide parents and carers with a good understanding of the work taking place in school and leads to better outcomes for students. If students regularly complete their homework to a high standard their academic results improve. A parent can make a huge contribution to a child’s future wellbeing by having high expectations with regard to the completion of homework to a high standard. Please help by providing a suitable study environment with the necessary resources; by taking an interest and by encouraging and praising the effort your child is making. For further information see ‘Supporting your child with their organisation’.
The table below gives a more detailed indication of how you can help.
|Type of Homework||Homework task||What you could do|
|Learning||Task is to learn certain words, facts, details or rules.||Act as question master/mistress or a tester.|
|Completion||Work that has been introduced in school is to be completed at home.||Look at the whole piece of work and make useful comments/constructive criticism. Ask your child to explain what the whole task is about.|
|Finalising||Task to write up/finalise work done in school or write a finished version of rough work.||Again, look at the whole piece or, even better, talk about it briefly first, to get the work clearly ingrained in your child’s mind and jog his/her memory.|
|Questions||Answer questions about a lesson’s work.||Check their answers. Do they give the exact information wanted in the questions? Have they answered the questions using full sentences?|
|Research||Students are asked to find information on a given subject. Part of this homework might be done in the school library/homework club in the student’s own time.||Don’t do it for them but encourage and help when they have difficulty. It is obviously better to suggest where they might find the information than find it for them.|
|Revision||Task to learn a section of work for a test or an examination.||Get your child to explain the work. Ask the questions once they are ready. You can even ‘mark’ the answers.|
|Pre-learning||Reading ahead in a text book to get some ideas of what work is to come – and be ready for it.||Ask them to explain what they are doing in the subject at the moment; be interested in what he/she has found out.|
|Rough work||Students are asked to prepare for a lesson to come by putting ideas or information down on rough paper.||Suggest a starting point. Once finished, ask them to read the work to you. Even if it is rough remind them that the rules of spelling and punctuation still apply.|
Additional Homework Support
A Homework Club runs in the library on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evenings after school to support children having difficulties and there are also various study support groups for students provided by individual departments.
Advice for Parents
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