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Key area of responsibility: Nicola Back Last reviewed: November 2013 Next review: September 2014

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Homework Policy 2013 -proposal

1. The purpose of homework. The main purpose of homework is to support and encourage students to develop independent study skills, organisational skills, time management and self-discipline. In addition homework should help        

to raise levels of attainment. to provide an opportunity for students to work uninterrupted for extended periods of time. to make use of resources outside school. to supplement and enhance class work. to encourage good work habits. to help students to organise and plan use of their time wisely. to encourage self-reliance and give students an opportunity to demonstrate what they can do independently. to give parents opportunities to share and participate in their child's learning.

2. Frequency and duration of homework As a guideline there is an expectation that all key stage 3 pupils should receive up to 1 hours’ worth of home work each night and pupils in key stage 4 a minimum 90 minutes, which should consist 1 hour a week per subject. In key stage 3 this should consist of 30 minutes core once a week and 30 minutes for all other subjects once a fortnight. In key stage 4 this should consist of 1 hour for core subjects and 30 minutes for options.

3. Types of Homework Homework could take a variety of forms as listed below. Whatever the nature of the task set the work should be an integral part of the unit of work and included at the planning stage. It should be differentiated to take account of the needs and current attainment level of the student. Homework should be varied, interesting and challenging, extended work sustained writing.  

Research, including use of internet. Prepare work to be completed in class - e.g. read an article, make notes, fliplearning, etc. Page 2 of 6

HOMEWORK POLICY             

Private reading. Study and learn notes/vocabulary. Drafting and redrafting work. Watch or listen to particular TV or radio programmes. Collect information from newspapers, etc. Projects. presentations Art /creative tasks To undertake work not suited to the classroom situation Practising skills/concepts learned during the lesson Tasks which involve the parents e.g. interviews, testing vocabulary An opportunity to provide the teacher with feedback about a topic e.g. evaluation sheets Revision in preparation for a test or assessment

4. Monitoring of homework Homework set should always be recorded in the students’ planners. Parents are asked to sign the planners weekly and alert the form tutor should they have any concerns about the amount or nature of homework set.

5. Handing in homework Depending on the type of task, pupils should usually be given a minimum of 1 week to complete the homework.

6. Marking homework Teachers or peer marking could be used Homework should be valued and marked within one weeks of its due date and where marks are allocated they should be recorded in the subject teacher’s mark book. Teachers should make a check of whether homework has been completed on the due date even if it is not going to be collected in during that lesson. Homework should be marked in accordance with the school’s assessment policy. A homework timetable will be issued for staff to use making it clear when their subject has been identified to issue the homework. Page 3 of 6


7. Monitoring and Review of the homework Policy

We will know this policy has been effective if: Teachers    

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Set and record homework of an appropriate duration at the time specified in the homework timetable Set homework at the start of the lesson Set differentiated tasks that provide suitable challenge and support Encourage the students to complete their work on the day it is set for shorter tasks and for longer tasks (set to be completed over a period of weeks) students should still aim to use the homework timetable to plan their work. Check and record that homework has been completed and take action when it has not Mark homework and provide appropriate feedback about how improvements could be made, within the agreed time frame.

Form Tutors    

Ensure students have a copy of the homework timetable in their planners Ensure students know how to record their homework Check and sign the homework planner weekly and take action against those students who do not complete the planner regularly Are aware of students who find completion of homework difficult and encourage them to attend the appropriate extra curricular activities to receive support.

Curriculum Leaders /Subject Leaders    

Lead their teams in discussing and setting appropriate homework tasks Monitor the setting of homework by their teams Monitor the quality and appropriateness of homework set by their team through regular book reviews Encourage their team to assist in the provision of extra curricular opportunities to support homework.

House leaders  

Monitor the setting of homework via the Planners Take action when a student is persistently failing to complete homework.

Senior Leadership Team

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Have an overview of the setting and completion of homework across years and departments through the review and line management systems.

Students    

Always have their planner and place it on the desk at the start of the lesson to record homework and completion date. Use the planner to record homework and ensure the task set is understood Demonstrate a commitment to learning by spending sufficient time to complete the task to the best of their ability Hand the work in on time.

Parents     

Provide a reasonably quiet, suitable place for the completion of homework Encourage their child to complete homework, praising them when it is done well Be aware of deadlines and checking that work is on target to be completed Sign the planner weekly Keep the school informed about any issues relating to homework.

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Ratified by Governors at the Full Governors’ Meeting on _____________

Signed on behalf of Governors: _____________________________ Chair

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Homework policy