STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLE
We aim to encourage confident, autonomous learners who develop independent skills of enquiry, evaluation and creativity. To support and reinforce this, we will deliver an effective, well-managed homework programme, which helps students to develop the skills and attitudes required for successful, life-long learning. The homework programme is an integral part of the curriculum, systematically differentiated to target different learning needs and abilities, and developing long-term memory in order to aid student progress. Regular setting of homework aims to encourage students to develop the skills, confidence and motivation needed to become effective independent learners.
Homework is the main channel by which education can become a shared responsibility between home and school, allowing parents and carers to support their children as well as being informed of their programmes of study.
2.1. Develop the ability to work independently;
2.2. Provide opportunities that are differentiated and are linked to learning in class.
2.3. Develop skills of personal organisation, time management, revision and study skills;
- Encourage an ethos of high achievement and self-motivation towards academic progress.
It is the responsibility of each student:
- To write details of homework set in their planner, with the deadline clearly stated and confirmation of whether a task is completed or not;
- To ensure that the homework task is fully understood;
- To organise out-of-school time to ensure that homework is completed to the best of their ability;
- To submit all homework by the deadline set by the teacher.
For Parents and Carers
a) To check and sign the student’s planner to verify that homework has been seen;
b) To support their son/daughter in completing the homework by providing a quiet study area where possible, to discuss the homework tasks with students and to check that adequate time and attention to detail is spent on homework tasks;
c) To contact the Academy if there are any concerns regarding their son or daughter’s homework.
d) To encourage their son/daughter to read for pleasure for at least 15 minutes each day.
It is the responsibility of each subject teacher:
a) To set homework in line with the Academy and Subject Area guidance;
b) To ensure that students understand the purpose of each homework set and the link with student progress.
c) To devise homework tasks linked to the skills, topics and content studied;
d) To ensure that homework is appropriately differentiated for all students, taking into consideration baseline data as well as different learning styles;
d) To ensure that homework tasks set are fully understood by all students, using models and examples, with clear expectations and deadlines set;
e) To ensure that students write the details of the homework task correctly in their planner, including the deadline;
f) To ensure that there are opportunities for students to receive timely feedback on homework using a variety of strategies in lessons;
g) To keep records of homeworks set and completed.
- For Subject Directors
It is the responsibility of each Subject Director:
a) To ensure that the department follows the Academy guidance on homework;
b) To provide examples of successful homework tasks in Department documentation;
c) To ensure that homework is an integral part of their curriculum, specified in schemes of work;
d) To ensure that homework is appropriate in quality and quantity for all ages and abilities through regular monitoring;
e) To ensure that this is consistently applied by all members of the department;
- To take action in the event of a student persistently not doing homework.
For the Academy Leadership Team
It is the responsibility of the Leadership team:
a) To monitor that the homework policy is being consistently applied;
b) To monitor the quality of homework set through lesson observations and work scrutiny;
c) To review the guidance annually with their subject teams and ensure feedback to the leadership group is clear.
For the Governors
- To annually review the Homework Policy;
- To discusss with students on Governors visits’ the impact of the homework policy on learning.
4. POLICY INTO PRACTICE:
4.1 Students completing homework
In order to raise the profile of homework and motivate students, teachers and tutors should ensure that those students who regularly submit homework of a good standard should be given recognition through the rewards system. In addition, teachers should ensure they are showcasing examples of good homework and linking directly to how homework enhances student progress. Homework should be displayed in classrooms whenever possible.
4.2. Students failing to submit homework
It is the responsibility of all teachers to inform parents/carers if a student consistently fails to hand in homework assignments. This could be a note in the student planner, a phone-call or a letter, in accordance with the Subject area policy. The formal Academy detention procedures should not be used until the class teacher has organised an opportunity for the student to attend a teacher detention to complete the task set.
It is also the responsibility of teachers/departments to put in place systems whereby persistent offenders catch up homework. Letters should be sent home and parents should be invited to the Academy when the completion of homework is a particular problem.
5.1 Homework is monitored by:
a) Tutors, weekly, through planners;
b) Homework Monitoring by Co-ordinators, plus 'spot checks' of planners;
c) Pastoral Walks by Co-ordinators;
d) Learning Walks by Subject Directors;
e) Subject Director’s observations of lesson plans, schemes of work and books etc. as per monitoring policy;
e) Senior Leaders through lessons observations and through Line Management meetings.
5.2 Facilitating homework:
In order to maximise the potential of students completing and submitting their homework on time, the following guidelines should be used:
- Homework tasks to be introduced during the beginning stages of the lesson (where appropriate) with models and a clear explanation of purpose;
- Details of the task must be written up on the board, and delivered verbally;
- Expectations of the task need to be made explicit to the students:
- i.e. form (graph / diagram / leaflet / diary/ list)
- text type (review/ report/ instruction/ explanation/ analysis/ evaluation
- audience (who is it for? age group/ gender etc)
- language style (formal / informal)
- length of task (e.g 1 side of A4)
- Students to be encouraged to proof-read their work and correct before submitting their work;
In order to help students who may not have space, quiet or facilities at home, or who may need special help:
a) Subject departments may run a booster session /homework club;
b) RAP club will enable selected students to catch up on work after Academy hours;
c) The library is open from 8.00 a.m. each morning, during breaks, at lunchtime and after school.
5.1. A statement on homework to be included in student induction booklet/folder;
5.2. Parents / carers to be informed of homework expectations via the Academy website;
- Parents/ carers to be periodically consulted on amount, timing etc. to help us improve our practice;