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Homework is when an individual student is able to think, act and pursue their own studies without the same levels of support you receive from a teacher at school. Although still supported by their teacher and school resources, it allows students to take more control over their own learning.

Research in education has found that ‘students in self-regulated learning environments are more motivated to learn, report more enjoyment of the material and are more actively involved in their learning than those who study in more restrictive environments.’

There are many benefits to homework such as:

  • Improved academic performance.
  • Increased motivation and confidence.
  • Enabling teachers to provide differentiated tasks in order to support and challenge.

Homework tasks will be based on the learning that has taken place to review and consolidate knowledge, understanding and skills. It will also be used to fuel student’s natural curiosity and boost engagement in future lessons.

The library is available to support pupils with online access and viewing/downloading homework tasks.  EduLink is also accessible via mobile phone. Teachers and tutors will be available to students should any assistance be needed in locating and accessing homework.


Responsibility of Staff

It is the responsibility of teachers to set regular, worthwhile and appropriately differentiated homework. The work set is to be linked to what the students are learning, or to review skills and content that are beneficial to students in their future.

Homework set by the teacher will be:

  • Planned and focussed tasks linked to the student’s learning journey and will be regularly celebrated.
  • Homework should be clearly communicated to pupils, set on EduLink and in line with the homework timetable published at the start of the academic year.
  • Feedback should be given on homework which should support further teacher planning.


Responsibility of Parents and Carers

To avoid an uneven spread of work, we ask students to use the homework timetable which can be found on our website and is published at the start of the academic year. Active support from parents and carers is encouraged and greatly welcomed.

Parents and carers are asked to:

  • Monitor the work children are taking home.
  • Ensure your children have time to complete their homework.
  • Advise the school if your child is not able to complete the work for deadlines due to external circumstances.


Responsibility of students

Homework is not just about students meeting expectations, it is about students reaching their full potential. Homework tasks will be available through EduLink. Students should log in using their 6-digit figure and password they use at school.

 Students therefore should make every effort to ensure that:

  • They regularly check EduLink for set tasks and submit by the deadline set.
  • To attempt all work and give their best.
  • To inform teachers of any difficulties before the submission deadlines.


Homework Timetable

All year groups at Westlands are set homework on a regular basis. Homework will be set according to the homework timetable.