To support students' development of their confidence and independence we provide a range of homework tasks. Homework supports students’ learning by giving more time for practice and the chance to better remember key information. Homework tasks are added to our online system by teachers and recorded by students in their planners. Homework and revision routines can be supported by:
Reviewing the planner and online system to check which tasks are due
Planning a regular time to complete work at home, in a consistent quiet space
Use the school planner to monitor homework completion and quality; this includes writing notes to teachers
Each day check that students’ have the required books and equipment for lessons
Talk about school and how homework connects to lessons and valuable life skills
Ask students to explain the homework task before starting it
Show students how to find out something for themselves using their books, school resources and online tools
In Key Stage 3 and 4 homework is usually set every second lesson in each subject, and lasts on average:
Year 7: 15-20 minutes
Year 8: 20-25 minutes
Year 9: 25-30 minutes
Year 10: 30-40 minutes
Year 11: 40-50 minutes
Some tasks, for example the development of reading, completion of coursework or use of practice systems, such as Timetable Rockstars or Sparx Learning, may take longer (up to 60 minutes a week). These tasks can be spread out over the week.
There are regular enrichment sessions available to all students in school to complete homework. This is especially helpful where access to equipment or a quiet space may be difficult, or they would value the support of an adult.
If students have been well focused on the task for the set amount of time then families may use the school planner to record this and the student may stop.