We believe homework can have a positive impact on student attainment. However, in addition to increasing pupil attainment, we also want to support students to become independent learners who have the skills to organise and regulate their own study; this is a particularly important skill for students to master as they approach GCSE and A Level.
Students in KS3 (Year 7,8,9) complete termly homework projects covering all curriculum subjects. Students are provided with a choice of tasks and must choose one from each subject area. This is a minimum expectation and students are invited to complete as many tasks as they wish. Students are expected to spend 30-45 minutes on each piece of work and are advised to complete at least one task per week. The range of tasks give students the opportunity to extend and supplement their academic experiences, further develop their independent-learning and time-management skills and give families the flexibility to arrange home-learning around their own schedules. In addition, it supports students to develop their recap and revision skills in preparation for examinations.
Students in KS4 follow a homework timetable and are directed to complete tasks set by their subject teachers. They can expect to receive 1-1.5 hours of homework per evening. Students receive feedback on their homework via a range of methods including:
- Written response from the teacher.
- Low stakes quizzing to assess understanding.
- Comparative judgement using high quality exemplar answers.
- Self/peer assessment.
- ‘Live’ marking.
Homework is set using the following methods:
Homework may be set using Class Sites, Microsoft Teams or through one of our subject-specific platforms. You child will receive full guidance before being set any online homework.
Class Based Homework
This is standard homework issued by class teachers that is relevant to the lessons the students have undertaken to practise their skills and knowledge.
These are tasks which are issued to students before the lesson or topic. It may be to watch a video, read a passage of a book, contribute to a discussion online or complete a short quiz. These tasks are used to assess students’ prior knowledge of subjects, to ensure they come to lessons prepared and to spend as much time in lessons as possible focusing on student progress.
As an Academy we also want to support students’ reading and comprehension and advise students to complete 30 minutes of private reading each day.
Homework is communicated to parents via Edulink and students who require any additional support are invited to attend Homework Club.