Homework Policy

October 2020 | Senior Leadership Team | Date for review: October 2021


“The evidence shows that the impact of homework, on average, is five months additional progress.” (The Education Endowment Foundation)

Homework is defined as work that is set to be done outside of the timetabled curriculum. It contains an element of independent study and is important not only in developing effective study techniques but also in raising student attainment.

Homework is set in order to:

  • Encourage pupils to develop effective study skills and time management techniques and the self discipline needed to be lifelong learners.
  • Consolidate, reinforce and extend the material covered in lessons.
  • Prepare students for new learning activities.
  • Enhance opportunities for independent learning
  • Involve parents and carers in pupil learning.
  • Create channels for home-school dialogue

Therefore, homework at Co-op Academy Walkden should meet at least one of these core principles:

  • Embed – consolidate learning that has taken place in the classroom e.g. revision for assessment or learning key knowledge
  • Practice – refine knowledge and procedures learnt in the classroom based on feedback from the teacher e.g. redrafting or improving work
  • Extend – move learning beyond what has been achieved in the classroom e.g. adding breadth to existing knowledge
  • Apply – use learning from the classroom to complete a specific task e.g. writing a

practice exam question based on content covered in the lesson.

  • Prepare – Look ahead to future learning e.g. researching a given topic prior to the lesson.

Responsibilities

The Role of the Pupil

  • To listen to all homework instructions and ensure comprehension
  • To check Class Charts to ensure homework is completed correctly and on time
  • To attempt all work to the best of their ability.
  • To inform the class teacher of any difficulties that arise.

The Role of the Class teacher

  • Set tasks which promote the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in subjects.
  • Set tasks which have a clear criteria, are specific and do not disadvantage students (ie, by requiring access to a wide range of resources)
  • Publish independent learning tasks on Class Charts in line with the prescribed amount and frequency.
  • Ensure the submission of independent learning tasks is recorded in the ‘submission’ facility in Class Charts (submitted, submitted late or not submitted)
  • Moderate the submission of homework tasks and address non completion by identifying any barriers to non completion.
  • If all barriers have been removed and homework has not been completed on three consecutive occasions or repeatedly over a period of time, the class teacher should contact home by phone or email. This must be logged on CPOMS.
  • Liaise with the Head of Subject when non completion concerns continue. There must be evidence that the above has taken place before the Subject Leader becomes involved.

The Role of the Subject Leader

  • Monitor the setting and completion of homework in their subject using the Class Charts tracking facility on a fortnightly basis.
    • Ensure that homework tasks are effective and follow the agreed protocols.
    • Monitor the non completion of homework in their subject and support as appropriate.
    • Liaise with the Progress Leader where additional support is needed.

The Role of the Progress Leader

  • Monitor the completion of homework across their year group.
    • Identify pupils who are not completing homework on three occasions in three subjects or more.
    • Speak with the pupil to identify potential barriers to learning and seek to address these issues.
    • Monitor pupil completion of homework and liaise with parents / Class teachers / Heads of Subject as necessary.
    • Run a fortnightly Homework Support Group which will focus on effective study skills, time management and organisation techniques. Pupils will be identified using class charts data. This will be logged on Class Charts and a notification sent to Parents.

The Role of Senior leader

  • Ensure clear communication regarding the setting of homework to pupils, parents and staff.
    • Run a monthly report to be discussed in Line Management meetings that analyses the setting of homework tasks and the monitoring of submission.

The Role of the Parent

  • To support by helping to provide a quiet space to work where possible
    • To support your child with organisation and time management.
    • Help your child to establish a homework routine
    • To use Classcharts to monitor the homework that your child is completing
    • To offer support and guidance if necessary.

Homework Support Process

Homework may not be completed for a variety of reasons and not all are behaviour related for example:

  • Lack of ability to manage time effectively
    • Lack of ability to self regulate
    • Lack of a homework routine
    • Lack of quiet study space
    • Lack of necessary resources
    • Lack of understanding of the value of independent study

Where homework is not completed we aim to identify the reason for this and provide support rather than automatic sanctions. Support will seek to identify the barriers to homework completion and may include:

  • Allocation of resources including hardware
    • Allocation of a quiet study space at lunch time / end of the day
    • Referral to a homework support group
    • Support with organisation
    • Support with time management

Homework Frequency

At KS3, the minimum independent learning students should be set by their subject teacher is below.

  Subject  Frequency per 2 week cycle  Subject  Frequency per 2 week cycle
  English  2  History  1
  Maths  2  Geography  1
  Science  2  Computer Science  1
  French  1  Technology  1
  PRE  1  Food, Music, Drama  1 every 2 lessons (monthly)
  Art  1  

The homework timetable ensures that pupils are able to organise their time more effectively. Each independent learning task should take approximately 30 – 45 minutes

At KS4, the minimum independent learning students should be set by their subject teacher is below.

Year 10

SubjectFrequency per 2 week cycleSubjectFrequency per 2 week cycle
English3Option A2
Maths3Option B2
Science3Option C2
  Option D2

Year 11

SubjectFrequency per 2 week cycleSubjectFrequency per 2 week cycle
English3Option A2
Maths3Option B2
Science3Option C2
  Option D2
  Option E2

Each independent learning task should take approximately 30-45 minutes but could take longer if the nature of the task dictates it.

Staff should allow pupils sufficient time for the homework to be completed and should not ask for homework to be co pleated for the next day.

Homework frequency is a guide only and should not limit pupils in any way.

Pupils are encouraged to complete additional proactive study that sits outside of the prescribed homework tasks. This is particularly important at KS4.