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Homework

Homework principles 

It is an expectation that all staff set homework when it is purposeful, relevant and in the scheme of work under the direction of the curriculum leader. 

We do not insist that staff mark homework but read it thoroughly. Whole class feedback then takes place. Some homework is still individually marked as determined by the subject teacher or curriculum leader. A homework club is well-attended and publicised, students who require additional support attend and are guided by teaching assistants. 

What type of homework is set? 

Homework has a very substantial impact on student attainment when it prepares students for their next lessons, consolidates learning that has taken place recently, retrieval practice from prior learning or exam practice.  

Preparing for future learning 

  • Reading a text in preparation for the next lesson
  • Learning subject specific spellings for a test in lesson
  • Annotating texts 
  • Watching videos that are relevant 

Consolidating learning 

  • Revising content for a knowledge test in lesson
  • Practicing questions based on a previous lesson 
  • Self-quizzing – providing students with content that they then self-learn

Retrieval practice 

  • An exam paper
  • Revising content for a knowledge test in lesson
  • Practicing questions based on a previous lesson 
  • Self-quizzing – providing students with content that they then self-learn
  • Large projects that a student will struggle to complete at home 

All homework is set on Show My Homework (SMH).  

Students have a responsibility to: 

  • Check SMH daily to see what tasks are set 
  • Check SMH or meet the class teacher in the event of an absence to check if any homework has been set 
  • Hand in the homework on the specified deadline even if they have been absent when the homework was set 
  • Hand in their own best work which has not been plagiarised 

Homework will be acknowledged and checked by teachers and feedback will be given to the students. 

Homework sanctions 

When homework is not completed, teachers log the incident and the students receives a yellow sticker in their planner to remind them of their detention which will either take place at lunchtime or after school.  

Homework Club 

Homework club operates in the LRC and learning support from 2:45-3:30pm in order to support the completion of high-quality homework. This is open to all students. Heads of Year will be proactive in promoting homework club so that students at risk of not completing the homework have access to the appropriate support.