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Kettering Buccleuch Academy

Homework Policy

REVIEWED BY: Curriculum Committee

DATE AGREED BY GOVERNORS: January 2017

DATE OF NEXT REVIEW: January 2018

CONTENTS

1. The purpose of homework.

2. Types of Homework

3. The frequency and duration of homework

4. Study skills and supported study

5. Failure to complete homework

6. Marking of homework

7. Monitoring of homework and the use of Show My Homework

All students are expected to do homework regularly, for most subjects. All homework is recorded on our online homework calendar, ‘Show My Homework’.

We aim to foster a culture where students and parents value homework and understand its contribution to students’ success as learners. The online homework programme facilitates effective monitoring of deadlines and enables the parent/carer to support the student with issues such as time-management and organisational skills. Students have access to the tasks set and any resources needed to complete their homework twenty four hours a day.

  1. The purpose of homework.

The main purpose of homework is to support and encourage students to develop independent study skills, organisational skills, effective time management and self-discipline. In addition it will help to raise levels of attainment and further challenge and extend the in-school learning.

  1. Types of Homework

Homework can take a variety of forms as listed below. It should be differentiated to take account of the needs and current attainment level of the student. Homework should be varied, interesting and challenging.

  • research, including use of internet.
  • prepare work to be completed in class - e.g. read an article, make notes, etc.
  • reviewing the work covered that week
  • study and learn notes/vocabulary.
  • drafting and redrafting work.
  • watch or listen to particular TV or radio programmes.
  • collect information from newspapers, etc.
  • projects.
  • presentations
  • art /creative tasks
  • practising skills/concepts learned during the lesson
  • revision in preparation for a test or assessment

Homework is most beneficial when:

· it reinforces and extends classwork and consolidates basic skills and knowledge

· students take responsibility for their homework, supported by their parents or carers

· it is marked promptly and accurate feedback is provided regularly to students

3. The frequency and duration of homework

The following is a guideline of the amount of time that should be spent on homework


Year 7 – This amounts to approximately 30 mins per day

Core subjects English, maths and science 30 mins x 1 per week

Humanities 20 mins x1 per week (History, Geography and RE)

Languages 20 mins x1 per week

DT 20 mins x1 per week

Art once a fortnight

ICT As appropriate

Music As appropriate

Drama As appropriate

Dance As appropriate

Year 8 - This amounts to approximately 45 minutes per day

Core subjects English, maths and science 45 mins x 1 per week

Humanities 20 mins x1 per week (History, Geography and RE)

Languages 20 mins x1 per week

DT 20 mins x1 per week

Art once a fortnight

ICT As appropriate

Music As appropriate

Drama As appropriate

Dance As appropriate


Year 9 This amounts to approximately 1 hour per day

Core subjects English, maths and science 30 mins x 2 per week

Humanities 30 mins per subject(RE, Gg, Hi) per week

Languages 30 mins per week

DT 30 mins x1 per week

Art once a fortnight

ICT As appropriate

Music As appropriate

Drama As appropriate

Dance As appropriate

Year 10 At least 1.5 hours per day

Teachers should aim to set one homework per week per option subject and for the core of English, Maths and Science that should take approximately one and a half hours per subject. Where at all possible students should be given a minimum of two days to complete a homework task. If redrafting or improving coursework is set this still needs to be recorded on the online calendar. Likewise if revision is the homework set the teacher should be explicit about what type of revision needs to be undertaken and which topics it should cover. Students need to be encouraged to plan their work and balance the demands of each subject.

Year 11 At least 2 hours per day then as above.

Years 12-13 Three hours per option subject plus a lesson review period during the school day per subject per week. This review period should be used to review the previous week’s lesson, skills taught and knowledge gained. Staff will detail the minimum to be covered on the online calendar as well as detailing the homework tasks.

Complaints/concerns : about specific pieces of homework (or apparent lack of homework) should be made firstly to the subject teacher followed by the Head of Department/ Subject leader. More general concerns should be addressed to the Head of House.

4. Study skills and supported study

We are conscious that, for some of our students, home study is difficult either because of demands put upon them to be carers or because the home situation is not conducive to study. Others lack the motivation or organisational skills and require additional support to be successful. It is important that these students are identified and then we can support them through the various homework clubs that exist at KBA.

5. Failure to complete homework

If a student fails to complete the tasks set, the subject teacher should firstly find out why. Depending on the situation on the first occasion this happens the student may be given the opportunity to complete the work by the following lesson. For any subsequent offences the student may have learning recovery time at either break or after school to complete the required work.

If failure to complete homework becomes a regular occurrence and it is known that the work set is well within the capabilities of the student, the subject teacher should:-

  1. seek assistance from the Head of Department, who may use the department report system to monitor the student.
  2. inform the Tutor/Head of House who can act if a general pattern across the curriculum emerges.

When students have missed homework as a result of absence it is their responsibility to check with their teacher about the work they have missed and/or look on the online homework calendar. The teacher should give guidance about which work should be prioritised and make sure the relevant resources are made available. It may be necessary for the discussion between student and teacher to take place outside of lesson time so that the learning of other students in the class is not disturbed.

6. Marking of homework

Homework should be valued and marked within a reasonable timeframe. Where marks are allocated they should be recorded in the teacher’s mark book. Staff should ensure that there is focussed feedback for students and guidance to help them improve. Teachers should make a check of whether homework has been completed on the due date.

7. Monitoring of homework and the use of Show My Homework

Homework set should always be recorded on Show My Homework.

Parents are asked to look on line at the homework that has been set and discuss it with their son/daughter. Heads of Department should monitor the quality of homework set and students’ responses to the work set through regular work scrutiny which forms part of their department procedures.

Expectations:

Teachers should …

  • Set and record homework of an appropriate duration at the time specified in the homework policy on Show My Homework.
  • Set differentiated tasks that provide suitable challenge and support;

· Ensure that students are aware of what is expected of them, and how their work will be assessed

  • Encourage the students to manage their work load sensibly
  • Check and record that homework has been completed and take action when it has not;
  • Mark homework and provide appropriate feedback about how improvements could be made, within the agreed time frame.

· Alert parents or carers of any developing problems concerning their children’s homework and suggesting strategies that they can use to assist their children with their homework.

Tutors should …

  • Ensure students know where to record that they have homework on Show My Homework, the online calendar
  • take action to work with students where a tutor is informed that a student hasn’t been completing homework or not to a suitable standard,
  • be aware of students who find completion of homework difficult and encourage them to attend ‘Study buddies’ to receive support.

Heads of Department should …

  • Lead their teams in discussing and setting appropriate homework tasks;
  • Monitor the setting of homework by their teams;
  • Monitor the quality and appropriateness of homework set by their team through regular book reviews;
  • Encourage their team to assist in the provision of opportunities to support homework.
  • Monitor the setting of homework via Show My Homework;
  • Take action when a student is persistently failing to complete homework

Senior Leadership Team should …

  • Have an overview of the setting and completion of homework across departments.

Students should …

  • Make sure they know how to access Show My Homework
  • Demonstrate a commitment to learning by spending sufficient time to complete the task to the best of their ability;
  • Complete homework within the given time frame

· Seek assistance from teachers and parents or carers when difficulties arise

Parents should …

  • Provide a reasonably quiet, suitable place for the completion of homework and ensure that there is time set aside for homework;
  • Encourage their child to complete homework, praising them when it is done well;
  • Be aware of deadlines and checking that work is on target to be completed;
  • Check ‘Show My Homework’ with their son/daughter where appropriate;
  • Keep the school informed about any issues relating to homework such as any domestic or extracurricular activities which may need to be taken into consideration when homework is being set or corrected.