Information & Policies
Published on - 08-12-2016
Homework is essential to students’ progression, and seeks to consolidate, complement and extend learning taking place in school. Teachers’ Standard 4c states that teachers should “set homework and plan other out-of-class activities to consolidate and extend the knowledge and understanding pupils have acquired”.
Homework constitutes tasks or activities that students are expected to complete outside the normal school day, in order to learn more about the work that they have been studying in lessons, to give them a chance to show or revise what they have learnt, or to give them time to prepare or research for a new topic or project. Students who complete their homework are more likely to reach their academic potential.
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that homework arrangements are educationally beneficial and manageable for students to complete and teachers to administer and assess, and to outline responsibilities for teaching and non-teaching staff.
Assistant Headteacher(s) will:
- Lead and monitor the implementation of the Homework Policy, including the homework timetable;
- Monitor the quality of information about homework that appears on the school website (including the VLE);
- Oversee the running and monitoring of Homework Club;
- Provide homework timetables for each student to stick into their planners; and
- Monitor the effective implementation and use of the Homework Policy.
Heads of Faculty will:
- Devise their own faculty Homework Policy (that is in line with the school’s Homework Policy) and which outline expectations that are specific to their faculty, particularly in relation to the homework timetable;
- Ensure that general information regarding homework for their subject area(s) appears on the school website (including the VLE);
- Ensure that teaching staff in their faculty are following the Homework Policy;
- Monitor the quality of homework set; and
- Support colleagues regarding students who are persistently not completing homework, through communication with tutors, Heads of Year and parents/carers.
Heads of Year and Tutors will:
- Actively encourage students to attend the Homework Club;
- Alert Heads of Faculty to any concerns raised regarding homework in their faculties; and
- Incorporate work on independent learning skills as part of the tutoring programme.
- Follow the homework timetable and allocate time to the setting and explanation of homework (not necessarily at the end of the lesson, when students are less likely to focus well), including how it will be assessed;
- Manage students’ use of their Student Planners for recording homework and for communicating with parents/carers, if appropriate;
- Check that homework is clearly written by students (or by TAs, if appropriate) in students’ Student Planners;
- Publish homework activities/tasks on the VLE for students and parents/carers to access from outside the school (an e-mail will automatically be generated to remind students and to inform parents/carers about homework, once it is submitted to the Homework Diary via the VLE);
- Ensure that, if on rare occasions it is not appropriate or possible to set homework in line with the homework timetable (e.g. in the event of staff absence), “none set” is written by students in their planners, and a reason given;
- Set appropriately differentiated homework that is relevant to, complements and enhances students’ learning, adds value to learning, encourages independence and which motivates them to develop their personal learning and thinking skills;
- Set homework in a variety of formats that suit different learning styles;
- Clearly explain what the homework entails, its purpose, the ways in which it could most successfully be completed, and share the success criteria and how its successful completion will help students to make progress;
- Give an indication of the length of time that the student should reasonably spend on the work and realistic deadlines for completion;
- Keep records of homework set, and of homework completed by students;
- Check that homework is completed, and alert parents/carers promptly, if students do not complete homework;
- Use SIMS to log non-completion of homework and persistent non-completion of homework;
- Provide meaningful formative feedback on completed homework; and
- Actively encourage students to attend the Homework Club.
Last ratified: October 2016
Review: October 2018