Homework is an essential and integral part of the learning process both inside and outside of the classroom. It is the responsibility of all staff to ensure homework is used to promote the quality of student’s learning. Homework is most effective when staff are consistent in their approach, parents are supportive of the college’s practice and students are able to perceive the benefits of their efforts. Homework can be a range of activities and could involve short regular tasks or longer pieces of written work.
Homework will be given at least once a fortnight in the core subjects of Maths, English and Science, although dependent upon the requirements of the topic being covered, additional homework tasks may be appropriate. There will be times when the core subjects will set ‘Learn It’ tasks which are weekly and will be set via an online platform and these will often be marked online. Regular homework, approximately once every two weeks will be set in Geography, History, Computing, RE and MFL. The creative arts, technology and PE will set homework when the teachers feel it is appropriate to the programme of study during each half term. There is a timetable on the link below which should be used as a rough guide for parents. Homework/Study should take approximately 60 minutes per day to complete at KS3. Independent study/reading should also be an expectation at KS3.
All homework will be accessible to the students via their ‘It’s learning’ course page, which parents can access through their child’s account.
Homework club: This runs every day in the library between 3:10 and 4:10 where students can get help with their homework and have access to computers.
• To consolidate, support or extend what students are learning in the classroom
• To assist teachers in assessing students’ strengths, weaknesses and learning needs
• To encourage students to develop a greater sense of responsibility and independence in their learning
• To promote positive dialogue between individual students, parents and teachers
• To celebrate the successes and endeavours of the students through the college environment.
• Will be set via Its learning and also on the Website with a homework timetable for KS3.
• Will be distributed by subjects throughout the year
• Will be recorded in planners
• Will be explained by the teacher when set; signposts, guidance and resources will be given by them and on the website.
• Will be attempted by all students
• Will be assessed and returned to the students, normally within two weeks.
• Is set within the context of the schemes of work
Parents are encouraged to support and take an interest in their child’s homework and to help support them with their completion. Parents are encouraged to contact the college regarding any problems with the homework.
Mathematics and Modern Foreign Languages set ‘Learn-It’ homework’s. These are shorter tasks set more often and will contain specific skills relevant to that week’s lessons. Combined with the regular homework system, we believe that we have a comprehensive homework programme that will excite and inspire our students as well as develop their learning.
Homework at Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11) will still be set in a traditional, weekly manner to support the needs of the students in their upper school courses; homework will often have an important role in supporting the completion of coursework and controlled assessments.