Homework

Homework is an integral part of learning and all students are expected to complete and hand in homework on time and to an acceptable standard.  We have a subscription to “Show My Homework” – an online homework calendar.  Every member of staff records homework electronically and each student and their parent has a log in so that they can see what homework has been set and when it is due to be handed in.


Aims of homework

  • To encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning
  • To help students develop self-discipline and organisational skills
  • To develop skills, knowledge and understanding
  • To encourage individual progress


Types of homework

Homework should be designed to promote these four aims, and may be given for a number of reasons, for example:

  • Completion or extension of work begun in class
  • Preparation for a forthcoming lesson or assessment
  • Consolidation or revision of previous work
  • Development of study skills, e.g. research
  • An opportunity to put previously learnt skills into practice and show evidence of knowledge and understand


How homework will be set

We recommend that the following amount of time should be spent on homework per day:

  • Years 7 – 9: Up to 1 hour per day
  • Years 10 – 11: Up to 2 hours per day
  • Years 12 – 13: According to the student’s individual programme
  • Each subject area will decide the type of homework set, and will set it regularly. A range of task types will be set. These could include:
  • Completion or extension of work begun in class
  • Preparation for a forthcoming lesson or assessment
  • Consolidation or revision of previous work
  • An extended project
  • Development of study skills, e.g. research
  • An opportunity to put previously learnt skills into practice and show evidence of knowledge and understanding
  • All homework tasks across the school will be set using Show My Homework, our online homework setting and monitoring tool. Students must use this facility to check their homework on a regular basis and to make sure they aware of deadlines. Parents can also use this facility to check what homework has been set.
  • If a student fails to complete a task this will be discussed with the subject teacher and recorded. Students who regularly fail to attempt homework will be supported by their class teacher and/or Learning Mentor, and may be required to stay after school to develop the expected study habits.
  • Detentions may be issued in the case of failure to submit homework.