"Homework is not an optional extra, but an essential part of a good education."
1999 White Paper, Excellence in Schools

All homework tasks are now posted online at: https://priestlands.showmyhomework.co.uk

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.

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.

In Years 7 and 8, homework tasks should take about 30 minutes each and will be set on at least 67% of occasions.

In Year 9, homework tasks should take up to 40 minutes each and will be set on at least 67% of occasions.

In Years 10 and 11, homework tasks could take up to an hour and will be set on 75% of occasions in Years 10 and 11.

Those subjects with 2 homeworks per week may combine them into one longer homework, but students will then be given a full week for completion.

Exceptions to the Homework Timetable

Homework tasks will not be set in all subjects. 

Exceptions in Y7, Y8 and Y9 will be as follows:

  • Dance and Drama: homework tasks will not be set
  • Technology: Because the taught curriculum is already project-based, a series of support tasks will be set.  
  • In ICT, homework tasks are unlikely to be set.  Students will know what tasks they need to complete in class each week and, rather than set homework, students will be invited to attend after-school clinics to catch up or improve work.  An optional “challenge” homework will be set each half term.

Exceptions in Y10 and Y11 will continue to be ICT (see above).

Show My Homework

All homework tasks are now posted online at: https://priestlands.showmyhomework.co.uk. All students and parents should have their own individual user accounts and passwords.  Login details are available from PSMs.

 

 

‘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.

It provides:

  • 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.