The many benefits of homework highlighted inSt Paul’s Homework Policy include consolidation of classroom learning, promotion of good study habits, self discipline and independent learning. In addition,St Paul’s homework policy is based on:
- The need to ensure a balance between students’ home life/after school commitments and the development of an effective homework habit
- The opportunity to utilise homework to aid the development of Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)*
- The enhanced use of ICT to support independent learning through ‘Moodle’ once it is fully developed
Outline: Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)
Alongside weekly homework set in English, Maths, Science and MFL, students in KS3 are set a series of extended independent learning projects according to a published timetable (see below). These usually last between 2 – 3 weeks and have a direct focus on one or more PLTS* (Independent Enquirers, Creative Thinkers, Reflective Learners, Team Workers, Self Managers, Effective Participators). The aims of these extended pieces of homework are to:
- Enhance student self motivation and independence
- Increase enjoyment/engagement of students through relevant, creative projects which incorporate challenge, support, skills development and a variety of learning styles and outcomes
- Encourage students to discuss, collaborate and research using a variety of resources both in school and at home
- Develop skills as well as knowledge which will support the transition to GCSE controlled assessments at Key Stage 4
Outline: Key Stage 4 and 5 (Years 10-13)
Weekly homework is set for each GCSE and A level subject.
Year 10 and 11: 1.5 to 2.5 hours per day
Year 12 and 13 amount variable, but those following a programme of 4 A/S A level subjects should expect to study at least 2.5 hours per day.
How Can Parents Support?
It is important that children have access to an environment which is conducive to study and provides appropriate equipment for completing homework. A table or desk in an area away from TV and other distractions would be ideal. To develop a study habit, parents could encourage regular time slots during the week to complete homework activities. Discuss the importance of homework and encourage your child to talk to you about what and how they are learning. Encourage your child to attend the after school home work club (Monday – Friday) at which support, resources and computers are available. Your child will be expected to record details of homework and due dates in their homework diary – please ensure that you sign this every week to reinforce the importance of organisation and completion of homework. Use your child’s diary as a dialogue between home and school should you have any queries/concerns – or to praise your child for their effort in completing homework.