Homework

“Teachers and Parents Working Together to Help Raise Standards “

The Nature and Purpose of Homework

  • To ensure all students make progress
  • To consolidate and extend learning from the lesson
  • To embed key subject content in long term memory e.g. learning key vocabulary, spellings
  • To reinforce, practice and further develop mastery of key skills e.g. calculations
  • To engage in wider reading and research in readiness for future learning
  • To allow students to gain and practice the skills required for formal assessment and examinations
  • To allow students the time and structure to reflect on their learning, correct mistakes and act on feedback to make improvements
  • To support students in gaining the skills necessary to become effective learners such as independence, self-discipline, time management and organisation

 

It is the academy’s policy to set homework in all subjects for pupils of all abilities as appropriate.

  • At KS3 Subject teachers set homework every 4 lessons.
  • At KS4 and KS5 homework is set regularly to support learning and to prepare pupils for exams and coursework deadlines.
  • Homework should be timely, purposeful and achievable, giving students the opportunity to embed and develop their learning.
  • Homework should be accessible and challenging to all. It must support the vulnerable by:
  1. Giving clear instructions for focused tasks
  2. Providing appropriate resources
  3. Differentiating work to take into account the ability of the student
  4. Taking into account the special educational needs of some students
  5. Starting homework in class to assist with understanding and completion of homework
  • The marking of homework forms an integral part of our assessment process and where appropriate is marked in line with our checking and marking policy. Homework should be marked and returned to students as soon as is reasonable.
  • Homework must be recorded in student planners.

 

It is the academy’s policy to involve parents in the homework process.

  • Parents should check that homework details are filled in clearly and regularly in the planner. They are requested to sign the planner weekly to maintain regular communication with a student’s tutor.
  • They should help their child organise his or her time to the best advantage so that work is not left to the last minute or forgotten.
  • They should try to make sure that there are suitable working conditions at home and that work is completed at an appropriate time.
  • They should take a positive and active interest in their child’s work not just insist that it is done.

 
The Role of the Parent/Carer

  • To reinforce the importance of homework as part of their child’s learning and progress
  • To check the planner for homework
  • To support their child to meet the deadlines set
  • To take action if and when they receive notice that their child has not completed their homework
  • Provide a suitable environment for their child to complete their homework
  • Inform their child’s tutor if their child is having difficulty

 

Tips to help your child learn

  1. Give your child confidence through lots of praise and encouragement.
  • As a parent, you have tremendous power to strengthen your child’s confidence – and confidence is vital to learning.
  • Provide specific praise that focuses on a particular aspect of their work. Comments such as “I like the way you have…” is more effective than “You’re clever!”
  1. Read to, and with, your child as much as possible.
  • The Government is encouraging parents and carers to read to children, hear them read, or encourage them to read to themselves for at least 20 minutes a day.
  1. Make use of your local library.
  • Look out for special events and services for children and young people.
  1. Visit museums and places you think your child might find interesting.
  • Children now have free admission to major national museums and art galleries.
  1. Try to set time aside to do homework and encourage a routine.
  2. Wherever possible, try to provide a reasonably quiet place for homework (or help them to get to other places where homework can be done).

 

Action on non-completion of homework in KS3 (Years 7 and 8)

  1. Sanctioned with a C1 – recorded in the student planner
  2. Teacher sends an email to the homework email
  3. Message sent home to parents informing them of the lunchtime detention
  4. Student goes to the detention room at 12.40 for 20 minutes and completes the homework due
  5. Any student who fails to attend their homework detention will be collected the following day to ensure the detention is completed. Any form of defiance will result in an Internal Exclusion
  6. Subject teachers, Faculty Leaders and tutors should work with all students, and their parents, who persistently fail to complete homework or hand it in late to try to rectify the issue and support learning
  7. Staff should seek the guidance of the Vice Principal if they are unsure of the course of action they should take
  8. It may be necessary for the teacher to set alternative work for any student failing to complete their homework as it is a key aspect of the scheme of learning

 

Action on non-completion of homework in KS4 (Years 9-11)

  1. Teacher sends an email to the homework email
  2. Message sent home to parents informing them of the after school detention on the same day
  3. Student goes to the detention room at the end of the day for one hour and completes the homework due
  4. Any student who fails to attend their homework detention will be collected the following day to ensure the detention is completed. Any form of defiance will result in an Internal Exclusion until 4.30pm the following day.
  5. It may be necessary for the teacher to set alternative work for any student failing to complete their homework as it is a key aspect of the scheme of learning

 

We will ensure your child can get home safely and we will also inform you that your child will be staying after school to complete the homework that they did not do.

 

For our full Homework Policy please see our policies page