Homework

 

Year 7 and 8 projects for the first half term can be viewed or downloaded from the links on this page.

 

Homework Policy 2013

 

 

Years 9, 10 and 11

Homework to be set to allow students who are pursuing qualifications (or preparing to) to receive relevant and/or bespoke homework as directed by their subject teacher.

Homework allocation should be (when averaged over the course of a week) a minimum amount of:

90 minutes daily                                               7 ½ hours weekly

These reflect the baseline of Government advised limits.

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 agree a specific day once a week for setting or allow a completion time of in excess of 48 hours (e.g. to include a weekend).  A minimum of two evenings should ordinarily be allowed between the setting of homework and its deadline for completion.

Homework should be assessed to show pupils how well they have done and how they could do better. This may be verbally or written. Peer or self-assessment are useful strategies but should not be the sole method of assessment. It is recommended that records are kept where feedback is not in writing. Where feedback is about only one aspect of the work the criteria for success should be nominated in advance of completion.

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.

 

Year 7 and 8

Homework to be used as a tool for developing student independence. 

Project-based homework to be set by a single faculty per half-term, as a project, on a pro rata basis.  Literacy , ICT and numeracy to form part of each project. 

 

Exceptions:

 

Outside of this arrangement the only homework to be set is Modern Foreign Languages, which is to be set weekly to support the strong pedagogical arguments for “little-and-often” style setting, and a ten-minute daily reading task (to be led by the student).  In addition to this, samlearning will continue to be scheduled as an additional homework on a pro rata basis by subject.

 

It is good practice for faculties to provide online guidance and/or a drop-in surgery for parents and students, when project-based work is undertaken.

 

Incomplete units will trigger a suitable period of 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. 

 

Homework allocation should amount to (when averaged over the course of a week):

 

                                        From Project                  From samlearning                              From reading                 From MFL                         TOTAL (weekly)

Year 7                                 2  hours                             1x 30 minutes                                       5 x 10 minutes             30 mins                              3 hrs 50 mins

Year 8                                 3 1/2 hours                     1x 30 minutes                                       5 x 10 minutes             30 mins                              5 hrs 20 mins

 

These are beyond the baseline of Government advised limits (3 hrs 45/5 hrs).

Here are the rotas for 2013-4:

Year 7

 

Timing

Faculty

Autumn Term 1

Technology

Autumn Term 2

Arts

Spring Term 1

Science & PE

Spring Term 2

Maths and ICT

Summer Term 1

Communications

Summer Term 2

Humanities

 

Year 8

 

Timing

Faculty

Autumn Term 1

Science

Autumn Term 2

Maths and ICT

Spring Term 1

Arts

Spring Term 2

Technology

Summer Term 1

Humanities

Summer Term 2

Communications

 

There are many similarities between the previous policy and the new one, with the intent being to preserve that which has received the most favourable feedback during the recent review by students and parents.  Where italics are used the words are direct quotations from the previous policy.

It is helpful to view homework arrangements as quite separate for Upper and Lower School.  In Upper School students need qualification-related tasks, as best directed by the subject teacher.  In Lower School students need to develop their independence and breadth of knowledge, whilst getting into good study habits ahead of their Upper School studies.  There is a strong drive for more project-based work from the students, echoed in much of the parental response.

The following is carried over as still pertinent from the previous policy, and apply to setting homework for a student of any age or on any course:

There should be an annual opportunity for students and parents to feedback on homework more generally.

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 and the AG&T Leading Teacher if needs be.

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 the work is submitted between the deadline and the date of the detention.  However, if a student “opts” to complete work in detention then they should be kept for a minimum of 30 minutes, irrespective of how long it takes them to complete the detention.  This is to avoid students taking no independence for the completion of their work.

Staff may require a poor piece of work to be resubmitted.

A minimum of ten Passmores Points should be handed out to the class for each series of homework.  It is considered best practice for staff to keep a running tally, preferably visually in the classroom, to encourage pupils.

Parents, tutors and subject staff are to continue to work in partnership to monitor the Homework System, as ever, via homework planners.

 

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