The College believes that work completed away from the classroom provides an opportunity for pupils to develop, reinforce and practise important key skills, for example organisation, time management, perseverance, diligence and independent enquiry - to name a few.
There is also a strong positive link between the completion of appropriate amounts of homework and pupil attainment*. It has been documented that pupils completing homework showed between 5-8 months additional progress.
We realise that for a variety of reasons some pupils may have difficulty completing homework. The College aims to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to profit from the benefit that completing homework brings and for that reason will support pupils in their completion of homework. This support comes in a number of ways:
Parents can view the homework of their sons and daughters through our online learning platform, Doddle. At the beginning of each academic year parents are sent information on how to set up this system. This will allow parents to see all homework which has been set, the due date and any attached resources such as work sheets etc. If you do not have access to this system please request this from the school office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All pupils completing homework to an appropriate level for the deadline will be rewarded using our Behaviour Watch system. If there is no legitimate reason for a pupil having not completed the homework, then following discussion with the teacher our rewards system will be used to issue a sanction along with a second deadline. The response of The College is then escalated as appropriate if the homework is not completed for the second deadline.
In addition, there is also a homework club which many pupils already attend voluntarily. This operates every Monday and Wednesday in the Learning Resource Centre from 3.30pm to 5.00pm. Members of staff from our teaching assistant team support pupils during these sessions.
*Higgins, S., Katsipataki, M., Coleman, R., Henderson, P., Major, L.E., & Coe, R. (2014). The Sutton Trust Education Endowment Foundation, Teaching and Learning Toolkit. October 2014. London Education Endowment Foundation.
Last updated: June 2018