Why do we have homework?
Homework is an important part of school life. Students develop responsibility by learn to work independently and getting it completed on time. Doing homework helps students develop and embed the knowledge and skills they have learnt in class. Homework also allows parents to have an active role in a child’s learning – parents can see what students have been learning at school and they can help, for example, by testing their child. Most importantly, homework is a key review point which prevents students from immediately forgetting and losing what they've learnt in school.
How much homework is there?
Students in year 7, year 8 and year 9 are set a minimum of 60 minutes' homework a day. In year 10 and year 11 the minimum is 1 hour and 15 minutes a day.
What is expected?
Self-Quizzing (study using the Look Say Cover Write Check method) from Knowledge Maps (one-page summaries of subject key knowledge) forms a core part of daily homework. Subject teachers also set additional homework. Homework set is recorded in general homework books and can be completed in these books. Teachers tell students whether homework should be done online, in subject books or on sheets. Tasks are available on each class’ Google Classroom group, which students should invite their parents to.
What if I have a problem?
Talk to your teacher or your tutor who will be able to help you. Talk to your parents too and get them to help you if they can, especially by testing you.
How do teachers check on homework?
Teachers monitor standards in several ways including tests and sample book monitoring after the homework is due to have been completed. Once they are sure students have settled in and know what they are doing, teachers will set a detention if homework is not completed on time or to a high standard.