Homework

Homework

Quality homework that consolidates and builds on students’ learning in the classroom can accelerate progress and provide a useful link between home and the Academy. For this reason we are keen to ensure that parents have all the tools that they need to support their children in producing high quality homework on a regular basis.

All students are issued with a half termly homework booklet. This contains details of every task that students will be set in the different subject areas over the course of that half term. As the term progresses, staff will set each piece of work and record the due date on SIMS. All parents have access to the SIMS parent app and this allows you to track which tasks have been set and when they are due in.

Homework Setting by Year Group

YearSubjectsExpected Duration/Frequency
7 (Autumn Term)English and Maths30 minutes per subject per week.
7 (Spring and Summer Term)English, Maths, Science, Modern Foreign Languages, History, Geography and Religious Studies.30 minutes per subject per week (fortnightly for Religious Studies).
8English, Maths, Science, Modern Foreign Languages, History, Geography and Religious Studies.30 minutes per subject per week (fortnightly for Religious Studies).
9 -11All subjects which will result   in a formal qualification at the end of year 11.45 minutes per subject per week.

Some subjects not mentioned above may, on occasion, suggest a piece of homework for students. This will be in order to enrich and extend students’ learning in that area and will be optional.

We have high expectations of staff and students alike with homework. We expect our staff to ensure that they are setting homework regularly in line with the pre-published booklets, recording due dates on sims and ensuring students are aware of this. Equally, we would expect staff to give students a reasonable timeframe within which to work and to monitor the completion of these tasks.

Students are expected to make their very best efforts with the tasks that they are set for homework. We would also expect students to be proactive in their approach to their homework, if they have missed a lesson they should check on SIMS to see if work was allocated in their absence, if they struggle with the task they should seek out their teacher or attend homework club to get help with it. Short term absences and struggling with the content are not excuses for not submitting homework. Failure to complete homework or handing in poor quality work will result in the student being put into an end of day detention in which they will complete the work. Those students who receive 3 or more homework detentions in any half term will be enrolled in homework support where they will be expected to attend period 6 in the library for a period of 2 weeks to help them to manage their time more effectively.