For further guidance please check the Examinations page of this website where there is more specific advice.
Homework extends the studies undertaken in school and provides students with valuable life-skills experience in self-discipline and individual responsibility. Almost always, quality is more important than quantity.
Homework is not an ‘extra’. It is an integral part of courses at all levels. Homework marks count towards termly and annual assessments. In Years Ten and Eleven such homework is often compulsory coursework demanded by the examination boards [GCSE] and assessed by them.
The School´s view of the importance of homework was confirmed recently in a report by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools. In saying that: “.....properly designed homework can play a valuable part in a student’s education...” the report also emphasised the need for a partnership between home and school.
Purposes of Homework
allowing practice and consolidation of classwork
Types of homework
There are various types of work which a student may be asked to do without the formal classroom:
Revision/preparing for an examination
When should homework be done?
At whatever time suits the individual, but it is certainly advantageous to establish a routine. Some pointers to sensible homework management include:
Plan homework or study at regular times
Where is it best to study?
Individuals have their preferences, but in general, the following conditions are thought best:
in a warm part of the house
Many students claim that they can’t study without background music....different conditions suit different people, and if the homework is getting done, music may well help!
How much homework should be done?
KEY STAGE 3 [Years 7/8/9] : Each homework should take a minimum of thirty minutes to complete
KEY STAGE 4 [Years 10/11] : Each homework should take a minimum of forty-five minutes to complete
Year 10/11 students should also be working on coursework and project work which could last several weeks.
How do parents know what is set and when?
are asked to sign the Homework Journal weekly
How do students know what is set and when?
will write each homework set in their Journal and the date it is due back to the teacher
What can parents/carers do to help?
The most important thing parents/carers can do is simply to take an interest in their child’s work.
Apart from trying to provide the correct time and place for homework to be completed, you could:ask what homework has to be done and check the Homework Journal
don’t send your child off to a room for several hours and think all homework problems are solved!
avoid saying ‘I used to do it this way....’ - things change!
contact the school as soon as problems arise
above all, please offer encouragement at all times!