Homework Homework Arrangements 2015-6 Year 7 30 Minute Tasks English, Maths, Science and MFL will set homework tasks weekly. The Real Project will also set homework for students weekly. Other subjects will set once a fortnight in traditional style. Reading (4 x 15 minutes per week) and samlearning tasks are also to be completed. Year 8 45 Minute Tasks where set. Projects should take the equivalent of 1 ˝-2 hours per week Homework Projects will be set by each faculty according to this timetable. Timing Faculty Details Aut 1 Technology Technology Aut 2 Arts Titanic Spr 1 ICT E-Safety Spr 2 Humanities Studying the Holocaust Sum 1 Communications Restaurant Project* English, Maths, Science and MFL will set weekly, on top of this. Reading (4 x 15 minutes per week) and samlearning tasks are also to be completed. *NB – weekly English homework will be suspended during this project window Year 9 – 11 (Year 9 – 45 Minute Tasks; Year 10-11 – 60 Minute Tasks) All examined subjects will set work traditionally once a week.   POLICY 1. Setting Homework: Please see the schedule on Page 1 of this document for a breakdown of the work to be studied by each year group. The academy asserts its right to insist upon agreeing to adhere to this policy as fundamental to the Passmores experience. Parents may sign to say that a pupil has spent enough time on a piece of homework if they exceed these time scales. Subjects should allow a completion time of in excess of 48 hours (e.g. to include a weekend). “Holiday” Homework: In Key Stage Three homework should be set each week and a usual amount set during the week preceding holiday periods. In key Stage Four it is much more pertinent to make use of holiday time for the completion of work. 2. Assessment of Homework: Homework should be assessed to show pupils: How well they have done. How they could do better. Where homework is set that is more difficult to monitor (i.e. revision in preparation for a test) we would ask to parents to sign to acknowledge that appropriate effort has been made. The use of online methods to allow drafting and giving of feedback is encouraged as a positive way to assess work and use ICT to improve communication. 3. Revision. • Excepting Key Stage Four art (which requires preparatory work prior to all examinations), no homework other than revision tasks should be set during school examination periods (including mock examination periods). • In Years Seven and Eight structured revision tasks should be set prior to any examinations to help skill the pupils up on revision techniques. 4. Guidance to Parents. Guidance should be given to parents in three respects: • As their child starts the school, general guidance about how to best support a student at home should be given to parents. • Prior to examination periods providing a Revision Help Guide is recommended, the aim of which is to help parents to help their children to revise effectively. This should include a “How to Design a Revision Timetable” guide. • It is good practice for individual subjects to provide guidance for parents and students, especially if project-based work is undertaken. Homework should not be reliant upon any expected level of specialist knowledge from parents. 5. Project Homework. These will be work that is completed by the pupil, with reference to online help and advice surgeries, that cover part of the curriculum. Progress with these should be checked at points during the project. Incomplete units should trigger detentions with the aim of work being caught up in those detentions. The projects should encourage autonomous learning and open-ended study. There should be a review opportunity for students and parents to feed-back on any project-style homework after completion and assessment. There should be an annual opportunity for students and parents to feedback on homework more generally. It is recommended that all homework should be built into Schemes of Work or Curriculum Plans. Where possible, it should link to work completed in specific lessons so that its value can be maximised. 6. Homework for Students with Special Educational Needs and Able, Gifted and Talented Students. Homework should be differentiated with regard to Students with Special Educational Needs and AG&T students. The demands of work should be checked with the SENCO if necessary. 7. Completion of Homework. Students should be set detentions to complete missing homework but not additional detentions for the principle of the matter. These detentions are NOT extra lessons for staff and it is incumbent upon students to seek out help prior to a deadline – there will be no right for a student to expect help after they have missed a deadline. Staff members are advised to cancel a detention if work is submitted between the deadline and the date of the detention. Staff may require a poor piece of work to be resubmitted. A running tally of student success, visible in the classroom, to encourage pupils is an example of good practice.