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Philosophy

Homework develops student learning, improves achievement and embeds students’ study skills and as such is an integral part of the curriculum.

Aims

Homework enables students to:

  • Consolidate and extend work covered in class or prepare for new learning activities.
  • Access resources not available in the classroom.
  • Develop research skills.
  • Have an opportunity for independent work.
  • Show progress and understanding.
  • Provide feedback in the evaluation of teaching.
  • To enhance students study skills, e.g. planning, time management and self-discipline.

    We are delighted to now be in partnership with Show My Homework - an application that allows us to manage homework more effectively and efficiently. All teachers set homework for their students in the application and both students and parents can access this information online. Please click the link above to be taken to our homework homepage, where you will see the whole school homework calendar. You can easily filter through to find your classes and the homework that has been set. 

How and When Homework is set

In Key Stage 3, Year 7 and 8 the Core subjects of Maths, English and Science and EBACC subjects including Geography, History, French, Spanish and RE will set homework once a week which will have a guidance of 35 minutes in Year 7 and 45 minutes in Year 8 completion time.

Foundation subjects will set homework once per half term in Year 7 with a minimum 1 hour completion time and minimum 1.5 hours in Year 8 with the exception of PE, Dance and Drama which will not set homework.

In Key Stage 4, Year 9, 10 and 11 in the Core subjects of English, Maths and Science students will be set homework twice a week.

Students will be set homework once a week for subject options with guidance of a 45 minutes in Year 9 and 10 and a minimum of 1 hour completion time in Year 11. On occasions project work will last over a two week period with an increased duration time for completion.

Work will be set with a hand in date of at least a week later to allow research time and work to be produced of a high standard.

Please see the link below for more detail and dates for this half term.

Sanctions

If homework is not handed in or the quality of homework is not acceptable then a detention will be issued.

Rewards

High quality homework will be sensitively praised in class and rewarded on class charts. Where appropriate, homework could be included in display work.

Marking Expectations

Staff will endeavour to ensure that students receive marked work according to the schedule below.  This will be a piece of work that is graded and marked using agreed feedback tools allowing the student to reflect on their learning and progress.

At Key Stage 3

Core Subjects – Twice per half term

Foundation Subjects – Once per half term

At Key Stage 4

All subjects – Twice per half term

Other pieces of work during the term will be assessed by various other methods of marking including peer, self, marking for Literacy and using effort grades.

Effort Grades

5 Effort is significantly above the expected level.

4 Effort above the expected level.

3   The Academy’s expected high standard.

2   Effort below the expected level.

1   Effort significantly below the expected level.

 See the link below for the full ARR policy:

Assessment Recording and Reporting Policy and Practice (ARR) 

Homework Timetables - Easter to May 2017