Home Learning (Homework)
It is recognised that homework makes an important contribution to the learning process and contributes to the development of sound study habits, not only for school but for lifelong learning.
This is clearly understood and requested by the vast majority of our parents.
Homework is valuable for the following reasons:
- It can help students to make more rapid progress in learning.
- It can allow students to develop the practice of working on their own without the constant presence of the teacher or other students. This way of working is vital at the later stages of secondary education and after.
- It promotes valuable practice of skills learned in the classroom.
- It can involve parents/ carers and others in the students' work for their mutual benefit.
- It can give opportunities for long term research and other work.
- It gives students valuable experience of working to deadlines.
- It forms a link with the methods of study crucial to success at Secondary School and
Homework will be implemented according to the following expectations that have been created in accordance with parental discussion and collaboration.
Though precision is not possible, the duration of homework is expected to be approximately:
- Years 7, 8 and 9 20 to 30 minutes per item set
- Years 10 and 11 40 minutes to 1 hour per item set
Parents believed that anything longer than this would account to too much time completing homework.
All homework given will include clear instructions, success criteria and manageable deadlines.
Heads of Year and teaching staff will always offer pupils the opportunity to complete homework in school if that is a preference for the pupil or parent.
Homework content for Year 7, 8 and 9 will be smaller more structured tasks that relate to current in-class learning.
Homework for Year 10 and 11 will be revision tasks designed to consolidate and reinforce learning in preparation for GCSE examinations.
Tips for Parents in supporting their child complete their homework:
- Try to ensure pupils have the correct equipment to allow them to complete their homework to the best of their ability
- Pen, Pencil, Ruler, Pencil Crayons, Rubber, Sharpener, Compass, Calculator, Dictionary
- Ensure your child has a school bag in order to bring books and homework to and from school.
- Ensure your child has a quiet place to work for 30 minutes-1 hour a night undisturbed. This space is available at school if this is not a possibility at home.
- Always ask your child about their homework and try to be involved in it (if they have received it, what they have to do).
- Look through your child’s book to see what learning is happening.
- If there is a valid reason as to why your child has not completed homework please send in a note or contact the school or teacher.
Please follow the links below to see the parents' responses to the homework survey and the academy's initial response