We recognise the vital role that parents and carers play in the education of their child. We strongly believe in the value of a good home-school partnership, of which our homework reflects.
Homework is a key opportunity to extend and consolidate students’ learning and further build on skills developed during lesson time.
As part of our aim to diminish the gaps in reading ages, where homework is not set in class, the expectation is for students to focus on reading within the subject area.
Reading should be completed in at least thirty minute blocks three times a week.
Educational research suggests the impact of homework on learning is consistently positive, on average adding five months of progress if successfully integrated into the curriculum.
The Purpose of Homework
The school regards the purpose of homework is to:
- Provide learners with the opportunity to work on an activity that is relevant to learning outcomes, or that contributes to gaining qualifications/accreditations.
- Develop an effective partnership between the school, parents and other carers in pursuing the academic aims of the school and the development of their child.
- Consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding prior to the following lesson.
- Extend learning across the curriculum, for example through additional reading.
- Encourage students as they get older to develop the confidence, self-discipline and independence needed to develop organisational skills.
As a school we encourage children to pursue out-of-school activities. Homework should be used to effectively reinforce and/or extend what is learned in school. We hope that children will feel a sense of personal satisfaction in a task completed well and that their efforts will be recognised and praised both at home and at school.
Homework tasks should be undertaken to the best of their ability. We hope that parents and carers will be willing and able to give their active support to ensure that work completed at home is done so conscientiously and in the best possible conditions.