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Homework refers to planned, meaningful and prepared tasks that are given to students to be completed outside of usual lessons. It is an integral part of learning and is important in raising student achievement (which can lead to, on average, five months’ additional progress). It is a valuable and worthwhile learning experience for all students and has a number of different purposes:

    1. To encourage students to develop study skills
    2. To encourage students to develop independent learning skills that will be useful in professional life
    3. To develop students’ self-discipline, perseverance and personal responsibility for learning and organisation
    4. To foster a thirst for learning
    5. To reinforce work started in class, extending knowledge and understanding
    6. To enable students to learn through the practice of skills acquired in the classroom
    7. To permit more rapid progress to be made by each student
    8. To engage parents and carers in the learning process

The Amount of Homework

Homework must be set in accordance with the homework timetables issued at the start of the academic year. 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 students and the particular year group. We recognise the importance of family life and the mental wellbeing of all the students. On average:

  • Year 7 and 8 students should expect to spend between 20-30 minutes on each homework task, approximately 60 minutes per day. Art, Computing and RE will set homework once per fortnight. Drama and Music will set homework once per half term. All other subjects, apart from PE, will set homework once per week.
  • Year 9 students should expect to spend between 30-45 minutes on each homework task, approximately 60 to 90 minutes per day. Computing and RE will set homework once per fortnight. All other subjects, apart from core PE, will set homework once per week.
  • Year 10 and 11 students should expect to spend between 45-60 minutes on each homework task, approximately 60 to 90 minutes per day. All subjects, apart from core PE, will set homework once per week.
  • Year 12 and 13 students should expect homework tasks of at least 3 hours per subject per week, but they are expected to supplement work in lessons and for homework with self-directed study (e.g. reading around the subject, preparing revision notes, completing past exam questions).

Homework Tasks

Homework requires careful planning and integration into the schemes of work. To be effective, homework must be relevant, meaningful, fit for purpose, interesting and contribute to the challenge of raising achievement. Homework tasks should be differentiated, and appropriate to the needs of individuals. Homework can take a variety of forms:

  • Research to find additional information in preparation for future lessons
  • Learning e.g. facts, vocabulary, spellings
  • Extension tasks that deepen the learning in the lesson
  • Reading
  • Answering questions to review class work
  • Practising e.g. exam questions, presentations
  • Projects to supplement the learning (completed over a number of weeks)
  • Drawings or design work
  • Note-taking and writing up notes taken in lesson
  • On-line/App learning
  • Revising and preparing for tests and internal and external exams

One homework per term must be to employ a suitable eLearning strand e.g. flipped learning. Homework should not be used for ‘finishing off’ class work. This places a heavy burden on some students.

For SEND students, homework tasks should be differentiated and balanced, to allow them to share fully in the work of the class and cater for their individual learning needs. Prior liaison with the SEND Co-ordinator should aim to ensure that tasks are manageable and skill practice incorporated.

Year 10 Homework Planner 2018 - 2019
Year 10 Homework Planner 2018 - 2019
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Year 11 Homework Planner 2018 - 2019
Year 11 Homework Planner 2018 - 2019
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Year 7 Homework Planner 2018 - 2019
Year 7 Homework Planner 2018 - 2019
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Year 8 Homework Planner 2018 - 2019
Year 8 Homework Planner 2018 - 2019
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Year 9 Homework Planner 2018 - 2019
Year 9 Homework Planner 2018 - 2019
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