Homework

HOMEWORK

HOMEWORK PROCEDURES

At Maiden Erlegh School in Reading, we set homework tasks for all students. We do this because we believe that homework supports students to achieve their potential more fully than if we relied solely on the learning that takes place during the timetabled curriculum.

Educational research supports the idea that when embraced, homework allows students to progress more rapidly. For this to be the case, homework set will be meaningful, have a clear purpose, and encourage students to become flexible, independent learners able to cope with the demands of future working life.

The homework procedures in place at Maiden Erlegh School in Reading link to the Trust’s Teaching and Learning Framework which can be found at the following link:

http://www.maidenerleghschoolreading.co.uk/page/?title=Learning%2C+Teaching+and+Ass essment&pid=66

RATIONALE

The Educational Endowment Foundation concludes that “the impact of homework, on average, is five months’ additional progress”. There is extensive research, however, to suggest that this is maximised when “homework relates to learning” and is “an integral part of learning, rather than an add-on”. EEF, September 2018.

As a result of this and other research, we have worked carefully to ensure the range of homework tasks assigned at Maiden Erlegh School in Reading are purposeful and specific enough to add value. By setting the right homework, we, as a school, can help to reinforce key concepts in a new environment, allowing information taught to be used in a variety of contexts in the future.

RANGE OF HOMEWORK TASKS

Homework is an integral part of a subject’s curriculum and will be specific and targeted. This will help to enhance student learning, improve achievement and develop students’ study skills.

Homework might involve activities to do with reading around a subject, revision, recalling information, practising skills, planning for lessons and tasks or responding to feedback.

FREQUENCY

Students in the Foundation Stage (Yr7, 8) should expect to receive approximately 30mins of homework per subject, per week. For the majority of subjects, this will be a single piece of homework each week. The only exception to this is in the core subjects (English and Mathematics), where students should expect to receive two pieces of homework each week, totalling 60mins. However, Arts subjects (Music, Drama, … will set one or two pieces of homework per half term.)

Subject

Frequency

Maths

2 pieces a week

English

1 piece every week + 1 reading homework

Science

1 piece every week

History

1 piece every 1-2 weeks

Geography

1 piece a week

French/Spanish

1 piece a week

Technology

1 piece every 1-2 weeks

Computing

2-3 pieces per 6 week unit

Art

1 piece every half term

Music

1 piece every half term

Drama

1 piece every half term

RE

1 piece a week

Students in Key Stage 4 (Yr9,10,11) should expect to receive approximately 40-60mins of homework per subject, per week. For the majority of subjects, this will be a single piece of homework each week, although some subjects may choose to set smaller tasks which total the 40-60mins. This is left to the discretion of each department and how best to utilise homework tasks.

RECORDING AND MONITORING HOMEWORK

All homework is recorded and outlined to students on Class Charts. At the start of the academic year, all students and parents/guardians will be given a unique set of login details to allow them to access Class Charts either on the computer, or on a mobile device.

Classroom teachers will then upload information outlining the homework task, as well as a clear deadline. Parents/guardians will also be able to see the assigned tasks and deadlines and there is an expectation that parents/guardians are regularly keeping track of homework set and supporting their son/daughter at home in ensuring tasks are completed.

To support students in managing their workload at home and encourage the development of organisation skills, the Class Charts calendar feature will be enabled and personalised deadlines will be visible to both students and parents/guardians.

All homework tasks will be either reviewed, used or marked in a subsequent lesson after the submission deadline.

The quality of homework set and produced will be monitored by the Curriculum Leaders with oversight from the Assistant Headteacher in charge of Teaching and Learning.