Aim: to improve the academic achievement of your child.
The research evidence shows that the impact of homework, on average, is five months’ additional progress – September 2018, Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). We base our homework policy on the recommendation of this research which states that the optimum amount of homework is between one and two hours per school day and slightly longer for older pupils. The EEF has also stated clearly that there is a relatively consistent picture that pupils in schools which give more homework perform better.
1) Your child will have a suitable, quiet place, free from distractions to complete their homework. We believe this works best if it is a dining room or kitchen table. Although not ideal, due to the fear of distractions, a desk in the bedroom may work for some. It may be best to try alternatives until you find what works best for your child.
2) The necessary resources are gathered before beginning the homework, such as pens, glue, dictionary, file and having collected and understood the instructions on the homework.
3) Have a schedule that works for your child. For some, it may be best to complete all homework first before anything else. For others, it may be best to plan in small chunks and planned breaks in-between completing homework. Find what works best for your child.
4) Have a copy of the homework timetable, available from the school website, that will identify what night each subject will set homework on and how long to expect the homework to take.
5) Both parents and pupils have a login for Showmyhomework where students will access the instructions for the homework. All homework will state purpose, the time allocated to complete it and relevant success criteria for your child to achieve.
6) Keep in mind the overall purpose of homework is to give children independent practice with a skill already taught. Homework will be broken down and differentiated depending on target grades, however your child is encouraged to complete tasks above their target grade if possible.
7) Show a continuous interest, as this will encourage your child to work harder, and attempt to independently tackle these homework tasks in the future. With the right guidance and support, parental involvement can empower students to reach their full potential in education and future careers.
8) If your child cannot complete homework or struggles to understand the homework, then you should contact the subject teacher/form tutor or pastoral lead to notify them of this.
9) If you feel your child is spending an inordinate amount of time on homework even though he/she is successful at it there are a couple of things you can do. You could ask your child to complete only the tasks relevant to their target grade as this will reduce the amount of homework required. If this does not work please contact the subject teacher/form tutor or pastoral lead.
Hints and support:
If your child has problems motivating themselves to do homework it may work to reward/incentivise them to complete the work, although it makes sense to cut down the amount of play time we find it may work better than a system of negative consequences for them not doing the homework.
Your child may also be awarded achievement points by the teacher for particularly good pieces of homework, alternatively, if they fail to complete the homework a behaviour point will be issued. In either circumstance, you will be notified of this by a text from the school.
Your child may also wish to take up the extra support of the homework club that the school organise during lunch time and after school 3:15 to 4:15 pm every day of the week. Speak to your child’s tutor and/or Pastoral Leader for further information.