The College believes that work completed away from the classroom provides an opportunity for pupils to develop, reinforce and practice 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.
From June 2020, during the Covid-19 closure of schools, we ceased using our previous platform Doddle for parents to view the homework of their children. At the same time we launched a new virtual teaching platform through Microsoft Teams, which we fully intend to use as an alternative system to Doddle for the new academic year. Pupils are already using this to great effect with the next stage allowing parental access to view what is being set.
All pupils completing homework to an appropriate level for the deadline will be rewarded using our Go4Schools 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. Please note this may be temporarily suspended while we work with the Department for Education limitations on how schools must operate during the global pandemic.
*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: July 2020