Homework should consist of worthwhile and meaningful activities aimed to extend the learning of the student beyond the classroom. Tasks should:
- consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding
- support work completed in class
- develop independent learning skills
- allow students to develop and practise the skills and knowledge that they will need to apply in assessment situations such as exams
- be age accessible and differentiated according to ability
- develop skills and attributes such as resilience and investigation.
Homework set may include:
- subject based projects (over a half term for example)
- preparing a presentation to the class
- creating resources (this could include cooking, drawing or making models for example)
- trying out a simple scientific experiment
- revision for a test or assessment.
Expectations of staff
- In Y7 and 8 homework will be set weekly in English, maths and science and fortnightly in French, geography and history. Subjects taught only once a week will set homework on a less frequent basis.
- In Y9, 10 and 11 homework will be set weekly in every subject with the exception of core PE.
- Sixth Form students will be set independent learning tasks subject to the requirements of the course being studied.
- Homework will be marked in line with the academy marking policy, with feedback provided by the teacher.
- Effort points will be awarded to students for good pieces of homework.
- Wow boards in departments will be used to display homework with photographs taken for the academy’s Twitter account.
- Homework must be recorded in planners and clearly labelled in books or on sheets.
- Homework deadlines should be reasonable and realistic. At least 48 hours should be given for students to complete their homework.
- In maths all students are to be set Hegarty homework by their teachers. This is a trust wide policy and must be adhered to.