Research tells us that the most effective types of homework at secondary level can make a significant and positive difference to your progress and attainment.
The evidence shows that homework with the most impact involves tasks that are set in order to reinforce and support learning that has happened in class; to practice essential skills and to revise key information, rules and vocabulary.
Exams are more challenging, with a bigger emphasis on the learning of content and the accurate use of spelling, punctuation and grammar (in ALL subjects).
Homework in almost all subjects therefore require a balance between knowledge and skills, in order to prepare students for the examinations system, but also to encourage a wide experience in life and social skills, creativity, and a curiosity in and awareness of the wider world.
Most home learning tasks should include a guide as to the time that should be spent on them in order to complete them effectively. This is to get students used to the time constraints necessary in exams and also with working to deadlines. It will also act as a guide for those students who might traditionally spend too much or too little time on their home learning, neither of which is effective.
EBacc subjects (English, maths, science, MFL, history and geography) will set different types of homework on a weekly or twice-weekly basis. At least 48 hours will be given to complete homework tasks so that you can plan your home learning effectively.
Non-EBacc subjects will also set homework on a regular basis (usually weekly or fortnightly).
Some subjects will also occasionally set tasks in homework booklets, completed over a number of weeks, which are designed to complement the unit of learning being studied in class which will build skills in reading, research, problem-solving and revising key terms and/or information.
Homework is commonly set using the group’s Google Classroom which the class teacher sets up and monitors. However, homework should always be also set on Edulink so that parents/carers can monitor to support their child, and help students organise their study time independently and learn how to meet deadlines effectively.
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