|"Homework is not an optional extra, but an essential part of a good education."|
|1999 White Paper, Excellence in Schools|
Homework is work that is set to be done outside the timetabled curriculum. It contains an element of independent study in that it is not usually directly supervised by a teacher. It is important in raising student achievement.
Not all homework is done at home; in fact, for some students who find it hard to work at home, or for some tasks which may require resources (books, software, equipment) more readily available at school, it is necessary or desirable to carry out the task at school.
Homework enhances student learning, improves achievement and develops students' study skills and as such is an integral part of the curriculum. It requires careful planning and integration into the scheme of work of each curriculum area.
In Years 7 and 8, some subjects will set "traditional" homework tasks, whilst others will use project-based tasks that require students to focus on what they are going to learn and how they will “show” what they have learned. Students will develop independence in learning both in the completion of tasks and in the choice of how to complete them. Details can be found in the Headteacher's letter dated March 2013. In Years 9 – 11, traditional Learning Tasks will be set by subject teachers. These will be written in the SRB and be 20-30 minutes in length (KS3) or 40-60 minutes in length (KS4). Additional Learning Tasks will allow for individual work to be set which is appropriate to the need of the student or group. These will also be compulsory.
A centrally organised homework timetable for each year group will be published annually, issued to teachers, students and parents and is intended to be operational by week 3 of the Autumn Term.
Year 7 Home Study Projects February/March 2013:
Year 8 Home Study Projects February/March 2013:
‘Coaching Your Teenager’
A booklet to help parents of teenagers aged 14 to 19
It can sometimes seem more difficult to get involved with a teenager’s learning when they reach the age of 14 to 19 years old than when they are younger. A booklet designed to make your life a bit easier when you have teenagers is available from the Direct Gov website. The booklet, 'Coaching Your Teenager', can be accessed via the link or website below.
coaching tips and advice to help them get the most out of school or college
suggestions for ‘conversation starters’
advice on how to gain the confidence to get involved, and information on where you can find out more
Taking an active interest in your teenager’s work is just as important as doing so when they are younger. Parents and carers who work as a team with their teenager can help them stay positive and on track to make the most of their future.
To download the booklet click here.
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