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Homework policy

Adopted: April 2018

Rationale

Homework is work that is set to be done outside the timetabled curriculum. It contains an element of independent study in that it is not usually directly supervised by a teacher. It is important in raising student achievement and Cromer Academy is committed to developing homework as an effective tool for maximising student progress.

Not all homework is done at home; in fact, for some pupils who find it hard to work at home, or for some tasks which may require resources (books, software, equipment) more readily available at school, it is necessary or desirable to carry out the task at school. All Year 7 to 10 students will have the opportunity to complete homework tasks in their enrichment sessions, and have optional additional opportunities to complete homework at school.

Homework should enhance student knowledge, improve achievement and develop students’ study skills. It is an integral part of the curriculum, and it requires careful planning and integration into the scheme of work of each curriculum area, enhancing and enriching what is taught in class.

Homework objectives

  • To practise and consolidate the acquisition and retention of knowledge
  • To encourage students to develop the practice of independent study
  • To develop perseverance and self-discipline
  • To encourage students to have self-awareness, self-confidence and initiative
  • To permit more rapid progress to be made by each individual
  • To promote quiet reflection on the work covered in the lesson
  • To enable classwork to concentrate on those activities requiring the teacher’s presence
  • To encourage students to investigate topics of study in depth, particularly through the use of effective follow-up questions
  • To open up areas of study and to make possible the use of materials and sources available outside the classroom
  • To engage students by providing opportunities to stretch themselves through completion of creative, independent tasks

Incentives

High-quality homework and a good work ethos should be sensitively praised in class. Where appropriate, homework should be included in display work. House points and letters/postcards home may be awarded for good homework. Completing homework will result in receiving a house point, and further house points may be awarded for high-quality pieces. The house points will contribute to the school’s overall reward systems. Departments are encouraged to reward and celebrate exceptional pieces of work.

Roles and responsibilities

The student

  • To listen to homework instructions in class
  • To ensure that homework is completed and handed in to meet the deadline
  • To attempt all work and give their best
  • To inform the class teacher of any difficulties
  • To regularly login to ‘Show my homework’
  • To check ‘Show my homework’
  • To come prepared to complete homework in enrichment

The senior leadership team

  • Set the vision for homework
  • Monitor quality and compliance with the curriculum
  • Ensure heads of department are monitoring the quality and quantity of homework and that it is marked

The form tutor

  • To include homework in student mentoring where appropriate
  • To see that homework is being set and recorded on ‘Show my homework’
  • To check students are accessing ‘Show my homework’ to complete quizzes and tasks
  • To support students and check homework is being completed

The head of department

  • The head of department will also play a key role in monitoring the quality and standard of homework within the department and will have an overview of when each teacher sets homework

The class teacher

  • The class teacher controls the direction of homework and the nature of tasks undertaken
  • To ensure homework complements and enhances what is taught in class
  • Ensure homework has an emphasis on acquisition and retention of knowledge
  • Give full and comprehensive instructions
  • Set deadlines for completed work and ensure that they are met on ‘Show my homework’
  • Mark and return all homework – peer assess, self-assess, grade or provide written feedback
  • Provide help and support
  • Inform the head of department, form tutor and key stage co-ordinator when problems arise

Parents/carers

The role of the parent/carer is crucial if a student is to gain success from homework. To reinforce its value through positive feedback will give students the confidence to persevere, work hard and reach high standards of achievement.

Parents can assist by:

  • Providing a quiet place to work
  • Checking the time spent on individual tasks
  • Checking presentation and content of all homework being returned to school
  • Providing the school with information about any problem
  • Checking their child’s homework and grades on ‘Show my homework’
  • Providing feedback to the school if the student has problems

The expectation of the length of homework will depend on: the curriculum time for each subject; the nature of the work; the ability of the student, and the particular year group.

On average a student should expect to receive the following which is in line with national expectations:

  • At Key Stage 3 it is reasonable to expect students to spend 20-30 minutes on each homework task, and that homework will be set every three to four lessons of subject time.
  • At Key Stage 4 it is reasonable to expect students to spend 30-45 minutes on each homework task, and that homework will be set every three to four lessons of subject time.

Homework tasks

Homework can take a variety of forms, including:

  • Quizzes – with the increase of knowledge for subjects there will be an emphasis to learn facts, vocabulary, equations and so on for online quizzes through the ‘Show my homework’ website
  • Writing tasks
  • Note-taking and writing up notes taken in lessons
  • Reading
  • Learning – for example: facts, vocabulary, spellings
  • Completing preparation for coursework
  • Research
  • Drawing or design work
  • Preparing for discussions or presentations
  • Online learning
  • Answering questions
  • Completing worksheets
  • Revising for tests and exams

With the new curriculum requiring students to have further knowledge of key dates, facts, formulas, methods, and vocabulary for different subjects, students will be expected to enhance their learning through homework. Booklets outlining for each subject the key information to be learnt will be issued at the start of each half term. The quizzes will then be focused on this information.

To allow students to have extension tasks to take their learning even further, each department will issue an additional half-termly task as part of the school’s homework menu. These are optional tasks that students can complete to earn extra rewards in terms of house points which filter into the school’s reward structure. Students can complete all or select individual tasks they would like to complete.