Homework is an important part of learning, helping to embed and extend knowledge and understanding, and promote independent study skills. Homework is set frequently, appropriately and regularly across the school. Surveys show that those that complete regular homework achieve more highly, and so we want to encourage our students to complete relevant, meaningful homework and get into good habits of independent learning and research, managing their time and meeting deadlines.
Our Aims for Homework
- To encourage students to develop the skills, confidence, self-discipline, independence and motivation needed to study effectively on their own. This is vital given the importance for students in the future of life-long learning and adaptability.
- To consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding of knowledge developed at school, including time management.
- To extend school learning, for example through additional reading and research.
- To revise independently to prepare for assessments.
- To recall important facts and skills via retrieval practice.
- To sustain the involvement of parents and carers in the management of students’ learning and to keep them informed about the work students are doing.
- To challenge and raise student performance.
- To manage particular demands, such as course work and revision for public examinations.
Frequency & Duration of Homework
When setting homework, the quality of the activity is far more important than the precise amount of time. The following times therefore are for guidance only:
Years 7 and 8 should receive 20 – 45 minutes per subject per fortnight. All students in Years 7 and 8 are issued with Knowledge Organisers three times each year. These contain important key information from each subject, to help reinforce understanding of topics being covered. Students will often be set homework from their knowledge organisers. This will help with the rehearsal and recall of key information, help deepen and develop understanding, encourage active engagement and participation in lessons, and support mastery.
Year 9 should receive 30 – 60 minutes per subject per fortnight.
Years 10 and 11 should receive 30 – 70 minutes per subject per fortnight. This can include research work and revision for assessments, as well as completion and improvement of vocational learning.
Years 12 – 13 should receive up to four hours per day dependent on individual programmes (including independent study periods).