Homework

Homework is an integral part of the learning process and should be seen as a positive means of furthering the academic progress of students.

Principles

  • Homework is valuable because
  • it involves parents and other adults in students’ learning
  • it develops further understanding of work begun in school
  • it encourages students to develop independent study
  • it develops perseverance and self-discipline
  • it allows pupils to practise skills learned in the classroom
  • it enables students to reflect on and use ideas
  • it permits more ground to be covered and progress to be made at greater speed and in greater depth
  • it makes possible the use of resources not available in the classroom
  • it helps develop research and study skills

 

Principles into practice

For homework to be valuable departments should discuss the types of homework appropriate to their subject for different ages and abilities. These are likely to include

  • short written assignments and exercises to consolidate and practise work done in lessons
  • use of online resources subscribed to by the Academy
  • research activities using books, ICT, TV and other resources
  • focussed revision, which may include producing revision notes in a range of forms
  • re-drafting work in a different format, e.g. “design a poster to explain .....”
  • extended assignments and coursework.

 

To ensure that all students benefit from homework:

  • all homework will be recorded on the VLE against the relevant class through Classes - http://cloud.guilsborough.northants.sch.uk/sites/classes
  • possible homework tasks should be illustrated in schemes of work
  • the setting and marking of homework should be monitored by Heads of Department
  • homework should be set according to the homework timetable
  • tasks should take account of the ability of the students with easier or extension materials available
  • it is not acceptable to ask students to finish off class work as their main homework activity – slower
  • students have to complete work without help and the more able have nothing to do
  • the tasks should be challenging to extend learning – mechanical tasks such as copying should not be set
  • teachers should keep a record of what is set staff should ensure that students record homework in their planners and allow enough time for this to be done
  • extended assignments should be recorded in students’ planners week by week
  • while it is unrealistic to expect every piece of homework to be marked in detail, it is important that the teacher checks homework is done and follows up if it is not done
  • homework per subject should be roughly 20 minutes in Year 7, 30 minutes in Year 9 and 40 minutes in Year 11
  • form tutors should monitor homework planners and contact parents who do not sign them.

 

 

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