All homework supports learning and allows students the opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding and to apply and practice skills.
The format of homework varies (self-marked quiz, a piece of research, preparation work, set questions, choice through takeaway menus, exam questions etc) and this is acknowledged according to the task (self-marked test, online point score, written comment).
‘Formal Marking’ happens at six points during the year for summative assessments and this information is used to track student progress and is reported to parents. Students will be awarded grades that relate to their ‘Learning Journeys’ (KS3), GCSE/Level 2 (KS4) or A Level/Level 3 (KS5).
Providing students with effective feedback results in significant and sustained gains in their progress and learning and focuses on reducing the gap between where a student ‘is’ and where they are ‘meant to be’. It encourages students to regulate this themselves so that they can articulate:
- Where am I going? (goal)
- How am I doing? (current progress)
- Where to next? (what activities need to be undertaken to make better progress?)
Effective feedback can take many forms and the regularity of marking varies across subjects and key stages but is up to date and timely. For some subjects/key stages this may mean that there is a piece of assessed work every week, for others it may mean that work is marked every five lessons and for others it may mean that there is on-going marking of classwork and homework, some of which may be peer, self or teacher marking within the lesson. Each subject has an explicit statement of the regularity and process in their curriculum areas.
All students, staff and parents can view homework through the online tool ‘Show My Homework’ (SMH).