Homework is an important part of every student’s programme of study.
The policy of the School is that homework should supplement and complement work carried out in class time. Consequently, in most cases it should be quite different from classwork. For example, homework tasks might include work which can only be carried out at home or in the community, such as drawing a plan of a room or carrying out a survey of family members, or preparation for a lesson such as reading or drafting a written piece. At times it might involve practising a skill learned in class time.
Because different students progress at different rates, it is sometimes necessary to set different homework tasks to different students within the same class. Homework tasks do not often include finishing off a piece of classwork, and it is important for parents to recognise that homework often involves tasks other than writing.
Homework often provides an opportunity for you to give practical assistance to your child, and it can help you keep up-to-date with their progress. You are also in a particularly good position to give accurate information to teachers concerning how easy or difficult your son or daughter is finding the work. If you feel that the homework tasks set are not well suited to your child’s abilities, you should contact her/his tutor who can investigate further.
Above all, students must work consistently, since falling behind can produce a backlog, which becomes acute when formal assessment takes place.
Every student is made aware of the Homework Timetable at the start of each year, and this gives you and them advance warning of when to expect homework each week. It also helps to ensure that the homework load is shared fairly between all subject areas. Students are introduced to homework gradually during Year 7. They can then expect to be set homework of between thirty and sixty minutes per subject per week in the lower school (Years 7 to 9), and between sixty and ninety minutes in the upper school (Years 10 and 11). In most cases, they are given several days to complete the task, but teachers then expect the work to have been completed and to be handed in promptly.
All students plan and record progress in homework and coursework tasks in more detail with the help of the School Diary/Planners that are issued at the start of each year and which parents are encouraged to look at weekly and to sign.
Every evening after school all students are able to go to Homework Club held in the school library between 3.00pm and 4.00pm. As well as full access to learning resources, Teaching Assistants are available to advise and guide students with their tasks.
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