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Homework and IS

Uckfield Community Technology College

 

Policy on Homework

1.         Introduction

  • A homework policy reflects the value we place on this aspect of student work.
  • Homework is an integral part of the learning experience.  It encourages involvement and ownership.
  • Students at all levels can and will respond to the demands of homework, providing they can see that the tasks set are relevant, and structured to be within their capabilities.
  • Homework is about more than the tasks set: it is an opportunity to develop the independent study habits that lead to success.  It assists the realisation of student potential.
  • Homework affords time for reflection and enrichment and can do much to motivate learners.
  • Homework is a significant opportunity to support the development of basic skills in Literacy (reading and written work), Numeracy and ICT.

 

2.         Purposes of Homework

Each homework task will have a specific purpose or purposes.  These include:

  • assisting the development and reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding.
  • encouraging independent learning, further research and the enrichment of the curriculum.
  • helping students to reflect on their strengths and on areas for further development.
  • establishing good study routines.
  • assisting the link between home and College.
  • encouraging co-operative learning.
  • providing evidence for the evaluation of teaching and learning.

 

3.         Setting Homework and Types of Homework:  Considerations

The policy recognises that a wide range of homework activities is set across the curriculum.  Colleagues should bear in mind the following:

  • homework should be challenging but manageable.
  • homework should be relevant to student progress.
  • homework should be appropriate to the needs of individual students.
  • differentiation by task, outcome and support will help facilitate this.  
  • for some students it may be appropriate to set a time limit for homework, rather than the completion of a task, as individuals work at different speeds.
  • reasonable deadlines should be given for the handing in of work.
  • homework should be set at an appropriate point in the lesson.
  • we should ensure as far as possible that all students are clear about tasks, resources, expectations and deadlines.
  • homework will be set on Google classroom.

 

 

4.         Specific to Key Stage 3

  • the homework timetable should be followed for each year group.  This assists students and teachers in the planning and organisation of work schedules. This timetable is published each year on the college web site.
  • students should not be expected to spend more than thirty minutes on a set homework although this should not prevent some students from taking more time if they so wish.

 

5.         Specific to Key Stage 4

  • students should not be expected to spend more than one hour on a set homework although this should not prevent some students from taking more time if they so wish.
  • to give students time to revise for Year 11 mock examinations, no other homework nor work deadlines should be set in or for the week preceding the mocks.
  • longer term homeworks must not overburden students and should reflect the time allocation for Key Stages 3 and 4 above.

 

6.         Monitoring

Effective monitoring of homework helps students to progress.  A number of people have a role to play in this.

i.          Class Teachers

  • by marking, assessing and rewarding homework.
  • by progress checks on longer term tasks.
  • by raising concerns through contact with parents.
  • by ensuring use of the College Marking Policy.

 

ii.         Students

  • through the use of Google classroom.
  • acknowledging that they understand how to improve future work and make progress.

 

iii.        Parents

Parents should be made aware of the monitoring role they can have.  Parents can monitor:

  • by talking to their children about the homework set and giving support as appropriate.
  • by raising concerns and communicating with teachers.
  • by checking the recording and setting of homework and helping to ensure that deadlines are met.

 

iv.        Tutors

  • by discussion with students.
  • by raising concerns through contact with parents or through mentoring interviews with students.

 

v.         Directors of Year

  • by regular homework checks across the year group.
  • through contact with parents.
  • by supporting tutor monitoring/mentoring.

 

vi.        Curriculum Leader

  • by regularly monitoring that appropriate homework is being set for all groups.
  • by supporting colleagues.
  • by ensuring the Common Marking Policy is being used.

 

 

7.         Departmental Homework Policies

The homework policy for each department should reflect the general principles of the College Homework Policy and give more detailed information on the departmental approach to homework.



Appendix 1

Key Stage Three Homework Guidance

 

 Key Questions and Answers

 

 

1.                  How much homework should a KS3 student do?

Students should expect to do around 30-45 minutes homework per night five times a week, with perhaps one of these slots being at the weekend.

 

  1.                What is Independent Study?  Is it the same as homework?

Independent Study (IS) is longer term project style homework designed to enable students to plan their work and develop skills of independent learning.  Subjects will set a mix of independent study and more traditional shorter homeworks through the year.

 

 

3.                  Will the homework quota be the same for all students?

An element of differentiation is built in so that it will be less for lower ability students and those following a modified curriculum.

 

4.                  How will Homework be marked?

Independent Study homeworks will generally be assessed with a national curriculum grade.  Short pieces of homework may receive a teacher comment or a peer response in a group assessment activity.

 

  1.                What should I do if my son or daughter is struggling with homework?

      We are working to encourage independence in our students, so if there is a problem with homework they should raise it with their teacher or  tutor.  Students can attend study support after school and get help with their work.

 

 



Appendix 2

 

 

 

Key Stage Four Homework Guidance

Five Key Questions and Answers

 

6.                  How much homework should a KS4 student do?

A Department of for Education survey of secondary schools found that the average amount of Homework set per week for Year 10 and 11 students is between 10 and 11 hours per week. This equates to a ratio equivalent of about 50% of lesson time.

 

7.                  What does this mean on a week by week basis?

 

Subject

Taught hours per week

 Hours of Homework per week

English

4

2

Science

5

2.5

Maths

3

1.5

Others

10 (5 x 2)

5 (5x1)

 

8.                  Will the homework quota be the same for all students?

An element of differentiation is built in so that it will be less for lower ability students and those following a modified curriculum, and might rise to 15 hours per week for more able students.

 

9.                  How will Homework be marked?

The most common model will be that for every two hours of homework one will be graded (a GCSE grade and/or effort) and one will be checked more informally (e.g. find out the meaning of a word or a quick vocabulary exercise).

 

10.              How does Homework fit in with the reporting process?

For some subjects it is not possible to give a GCSE grade on a regular basis (an effort grade will be given instead), but at least one homework per half term per subject will be given a GCSE grade (i.e. a minimum of 6 pieces per year). These grades will inform the GCSE grades that are sent home three times a year as part of the reporting process.