Homework is not an optional extra, but an essential part of a good education. - 1999 White Paper, Excellence in Schools
Homework is work that should be completed outside the timetabled curriculum. It contains an element of independent study that is not usually directly supervised by a teacher and it is important in raising student achievement.
Research tells us that homework enhances pupil learning, improves achievement and develops pupils' study skills as an integral part of the curriculum, requiring careful planning and integration into the schemes of work in each curriculum area.
Homework enables pupils to:
- consolidate and extend work covered in class or prepare for new learning activities
- access resources not available in the classroom
- develop research skills
- have an opportunity for independent work
- show progress and understanding
- provide feedback in the evaluation of teaching
- enhance their study skills e.g. planning, time management and self-discipline
- take ownership and responsibility for learning
- engage parental co-operation and support
- create channels for home academy dialogue
The role of the pupil
To listen to homework instructions in class.
To copy down instructions for the task and deadline date into the homework diary.
To ensure that homework is completed and handed in to meet the deadline.
To attempt all work and give their best.
To inform the class teacher of any difficulties, before it is due to be handed in.
The role of the Parents
The role of the parent is crucial if a child is to gain success from homework. To reinforce its value through positive feedback will give students the confidence to persevere, work hard and reach high standards of achievement.
Parents can assist by:
providing a table, chair and a quiet place to work.
discussing with the student when homework is to be done as a student's free play is important too.
checking the time spent on individual tasks.
ensuring that outside clubs do not hamper a child's quality of work and put a child under undue pressure.
checking presentation and content of all homework being returned to the Academy.
signing the homework diary each week.
providing the Academy with information about any problems through the student diary or by contacting the academy directly.