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Homework

Homework provides opportunities for students to think, act and pursue their studies independently. Although still supported by their teacher and school resources, it allows students to take ownership of and develop a personal responsibility for learning.

Educational research concludes that there is a strong correlation between the completion of homework and student progress. It proposes that it is not hours of homework but the quality and the discipline of completing homework that supports student achievement. 

Research further suggests that homework has the most positive impact on student learning when: 

  • It is done by the student to the best of their ability. 

  • Students have a quiet, designated place at home to complete homework. 

  • Students develop a routine for completing homework. 

  • Parents are supportive and encouraging. 

  • Teachers plan for homework as an integral part of the student learning.

 

Purpose of Homework:

Homework tasks are linked to the learning that has taken place in school and will very often review and consolidate knowledge, understanding and skills that have been studied in class. Activities will also be used to fuel students’ natural curiosity and boost engagement in future lessons. At Westlands, we believe that the purpose of homework is to encourage the development of key skills and RADAR values including those of resilience, achievement, aspiration, time management and personal organisation. As part of this development, homework will;

 

  • Support classroom practice and enable students to extend learning.

  • Increase motivation, confidence and secure academic performance

  • Enable students to practise skills learned in the classroom and deeply embed knowledge. 

  • Encourage independent learning. 

  • Allow for opportunities to develop research and presentation skills. 

  • Allow for testing of knowledge and the practising of techniques pertinent to criteria for assessment in examinations.

  • Promote enjoyment of learning for its own sake.

  • Enable teachers to provide differentiated tasks in order to support and challenge.

 

Responsibility of Staff

Homework timetables will be issued to students in Key Stage 3 and 4. Sixth form students are expected to have developed sufficient independent study and self-organisation skills to be able to manage their own workload.

It is the responsibility of teachers to set regular, worthwhile and appropriately differentiated homework. 

Homework set by the teacher will be:

  • Clearly explained to pupils and set on Google Classroom.

  • Planned for as an integral part of student learning.

  • Purposeful, realistic, meaningful and appropriately challenging for all students.

  • Of high quality, coordinated, interesting and well planned to support students' achievement.

  • Provided with clear deadlines for completion at the time the homework is set. 

 

Responsibility of Parents and Carers

To avoid an uneven spread of work, we ask students to use the homework timetable below. Active support from parents and carers is encouraged and greatly welcomed.

Parents and carers are asked to:

  • Provide a designated homework area at home.

  • Using the homework timetable, help organise and keep a homework routine for your child and monitor the work your child is taking home.

  • Ensure your child has time to complete their homework.

  • Praise and encourage your child to help boost his/ her confidence.

  • Ask your child about his / her homework and the tasks that they are being asked to complete.

  • Advise the school if your child is not able to complete the work for deadlines due to external circumstances.

  • Encourage your child to ask for help from their teachers if they are unable to complete the work set.

 

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 Google Classroom.  

Students therefore should make every effort to ensure that they:

  • Listen to the homework instructions in class and if needed copy down the homework instructions in their exercise book.

  • Refer to Google Classroom for  subjects. Tasks will be set  here. 

  • Ensure that homework is completed and submitted by the deadline.

  • Attempt all work and give their best.

  • 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

Please note that during Key Stage 3, Independent study and project work will  make up part of the student’s homework allocation. During this time the student should engage with personal learning to enhance, support and extend his or her own learning. 

If a student fails to complete homework, the subject teacher will support the completion following the school’s guidelines.  If a parent is concerned over any aspect of homework he/she is encouraged to contact their child’s Learning Leader via email.  Homework, as well as classwork will be monitored by Heads of Department and other school leaders as part of our on-going quality assurance measures.