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 have self-awareness, self-confidence and initiative.
- 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. Green points/Merits or letters/postcards home may be awarded for good homework
The role of the pupil
- To listen to homework instructions in class.
- To copy down instructions for the task and deadline date into the homework 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 HoY will also play a key role in monitoring planners).
- To include homework in pupil mentoring where appropriate.
- To see that homework is being set and recorded.
- 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 – sign, peer, self assess, grade or provide written feedback.
- Provide help and support.
- Inform the Faculty Head, Tutor and Head of Year when problems arise.
- The role of the Parents/Carers
- The role of the parent/carer is crucial if a child is to gain success from homework. To reinforce its value through positive feedback will give students the confidence to persevere, work hard and reach high standards of achievement.
Parents can assist by:
- 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.
On average a pupil should expect to receive the following which is in line with National expectations:
- Yrs 7 & 8: anywhere between 45 – 120 minutes per day
- Yr 9: anywhere between 60 – 120 minutes per day.
- Yrs 10 & 11: anywhere between 90 – 150 minutes per day.
- (The suggested times are a guidance for minimum – maximum task requirements)
Homework can take a variety of forms, including:
- Writing tasks;
- Note-taking and writing up notes taken in lessons;
- Learning – for example: facts, vocabulary, spellings;
- Completing coursework;
- Drawing or design work;
- Preparing for discussions or presentations;
- On-line learning;
- Answering questions;
- Completing worksheets;
- Revising for tests and exams