Why do we do it?
- It consolidates and extends your child's learning by helping them to review and practice what has been learned during lessons
- It develops independent learning skills and good study habits that are vital to exam success and will serve your child well throughout their life
- It informs and involves you in your child's learning
- It helps your child to prepare for the next lesson in some subjects
- Homework makes your child practice using resources, such as libraries, reference materials, and relevant websites to find information
- It encourages students to explores subjects more fully than classroom time permits
- It provides an opportunity for students to really show off what they are capable of when they have some time to dedicate to a particular aspect of their learning.
How do students recording their Homework?
Google Classroom is used for the setting and tracking of homework across all year groups. There is no need for students to write homework in their planner because the full details of what they need to do and the date the work needs to be completed is recorded for them via Google Classroom. They can view all of the homework they have been set using their Google Classroom calendar on their Chromeboook/any computer or via the Google Classroom app on a smartphone when they are outside of school.
What type of homework can students expect to get?
Students are given home work that is relevant and extends their learning. It is extremely varied across the curriculum. Increasingly homework requires a student to use websites and applications on the internet. If you do not have internet access then you and your child need to organise a way for them to stay at college and use the facilities here as required.
How much homework can students expect to get?
The quantity and types of homework change as students move through the college. During Keystage 3 homework is set once a week by the core subjects: English, Maths and Science. Other subjects follow a timetable to ensure students do not get overwhelmed as they transition from primary to secondary school homework expectations.[See Homework Schedule 2018/19]
During Keystage 4 each subject will set much more regular homework and revision activities than during Keystage 3. Students should expect to be set an hour per week per subject on average. Teachers set the work in which ever period of the week is most appropriate and teachers will review the completion of every piece of homework. Students in key stage 4 are given control of their time management Students should expect to be working on home learning activities for between 10 and 15 hours a week throughout Keystage 4 and parental recognition and support of this increased home work load is important.
You should ensure that your child has somewhere quiet where they can work without disruption and that you monitor and limit their use of social media/computer games to help them remain focused upon their learning.
What happens if I don’t do my homework?
Homework is a vital aspect of college life and if homework is not completed to a good standard or it is not handed in on time students will be given an after school subject detention and this will be recorded on their behaviour log.
Repeated failure to complete homework means that a student is not engaging with their learning in a way that will ensure good progress and the Pastoral team will contact parents/carers to look at home the college can work with you and your child to improve engagement and ensure homework is completed.
We have a homework support group for students with additional learning needs and there are spaces around the college where students can stay to work after college if they find concentrating at school easier/do not have an internet connection at home.