Homework is any work or activity which students are asked to do outside lesson time either on their own or with parents or carers.
Homework should not prevent students from participating in activities after school such as sport, music or clubs of any kind.
The purpose of homework is:
- To encourage students to develop the confidence and self-discipline to work on their own, an essential skill for adult life;
- To consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding;
- To extend school learning, for example through additional reading;
- To enable students to devote time to particular demands such as GCSE coursework or project work;
- To support the home/school relationship.
The amount of homework
The time devoted to homework should increase as the student progresses through the school.
Students in Years 7-9 should take approximately one hour to complete their homework every night.
We have dedicated homework facilities in the LRC after school each day. In years 7-10, as part of the Academy's drive to involve students in all aspects of school life, there will be a growing programme of enrichment activities. These opportunities will be throughout the school and other curriculum areas and will replace conventional homework. Activities may include sports, competitive teams, creative activities or ‘just for fun' clubs such as cheerleading and dance.
Students will gain merits for their attendance at activities, fostering greater enjoyment of, and involvement in, school life. At KS4 students will be set homework, research and revision in line with their subject choices, as per the academy homework timetable.
Students in Year 10-11 should have between an hour and an hour and a half per subject, per week.
Homework will be differentiated where necessary to take into account individual needs.