Homework

Homework Policy Summary

"When evaluating the quality of teaching in the school, inspectors will consider the extent to which teaching strategies, including setting appropriate homework, together with support and intervention, match individual needs." Ofsted, 2012
Students who regularly study at home are more successful in tests and exams. Homework enhances pupil learning, improves achievement and develops students' study skills and as such is an integral part of the curriculum.
However, not all homework is done at home; in fact, for some pupils who find it hard to work at home, or for some tasks which may require resources (books, software, equipment) more readily available at school, it may be necessary to carry out the task at school.

At Tanfield School we will:

  • Set homework on a regular basis
  • Record the setting of the homework
  • Set tasks which are differentiated so that they are suitable and achievable
  • Embed homework into schemes of work
  • Relate homework to work done in class
  • Assess homework and give feedback
  • Provide support for students e.g. TASC, library facilities, Moodle, etc

Homework is set on a timetable that spreads the number of daily tasks over the week. This is to ensure that students can complete all homework set for that day.

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Years 7 and 8 45 minutes to 1.5 hours per day
Year 9 1 to 2 hours per day
Years 10 and 11 1.5 to 2.5 hours per day

Students in different years can expect to work more time on each day's homework as they grow older. This is a guideline.

To make sure that homework is appropriate, teachers will follow these guidelines:

  • Homework is not a separate piece of work set simply because it is a requirement
  • Homework should be an integral part of the schemes of work (and evident there) and meant to enable students to demonstrate the ability to work independently, problem solve, transfer skills, explore concepts and meet challenges set by teachers
  • Work set must be purposeful and differentiated as appropriate to meet the needs of students, providing a suitable challenge for students working at all levels
  • Homework should enable students to make progress through independent work
  • Homework must be marked, assessed and feedback quickly given to students
  • Homework should be referred to in lessons, and used for example as starting points in the subsequent lesson
  • Involve parents in appropriate ways without requiring parents to act as teachers or to police students' homework completion

Amongst other things, homework can be:

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  • Independent learning
  • Consolidation of work in class
  • Practice - learning by doing
  • Completion of course work assignments
  • Reading and responding
  • Interviews
  • Drawing 
  • Using ICTRecording audio responses
  • Guided revision
  • Preparing a presentation
  • Discussing with family/friends
  • Learning vocabulary or spelling
  • Using a library/online information
  • Essay writing 
  • Trying out a safe experiment
  • Watching a programme on television and recording a response
  • Collecting data/information or materials to bring to lesson 

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