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.
Qualifications are also moving towards a linear model of assessment (final exams at the end of year 11). Exams will be 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 (specified on our website).
- Some subjects may employ online programs such as Doddle.
- Some subjects will also occasionally set Extended Learning Projects (ELPs), completed over a number of weeks, which are designed to build skills in reading, research, problem-solving and revising key terms and/or information.
- Increasing numbers of departments are using Knowledge Organisers, documents that summarise all key information, vocabulary and extra information for individual topics or schemes of work. Students are asked to learn aspects of these Knowledge Organisers in order to give them the essential background and context of topics.
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