Homework is an essential and integral part of the learning process for students. It is a way of enhancing learning and allows parents to have regular input into their child’s education.
For any form of homework to be effective it is reliant upon consistent school practice combined with parental support.
At Bitterne Park School the aim of homework is to:
- consolidate, support or extend what students are learning in the classroom.
- assist teachers in assessing students’ strengths, weaknesses and learning needs.
- prepare students for the rigour required to complete GCSE coursework and study.
- stretch and challenge students.
- develop a greater sense of individual responsibility and independence in learning.
- promote positive dialogue and involvement between individual students, parents and teachers.
- celebrate the successes and hard work of students
By working in partnership these objectives can be achieved and students will be prepared for the rigours of Key Stage 4 courses and beyond.
At Key Stage 3, homework will be set by teachers using a homework timetable. The amount of homework set for each subject in each term will be reflective of the number of timetabled lessons, therefore students should expect to receive more homework for core subjects. Students should expect to receive four to five pieces of homework each week, and should spend 40 minutes to one hour on each task. All homework set will be placed onto FROG for students and parent/carers to access.
At Key Stage 4, there is no homework timetable, but students should expect to receive homework from their class teachers on a weekly basis. Tasks set will build on skills taught in lessons and/or coursework components. All homework set will be placed onto FROG for students and parent/carers to access.
HOW WILL HOMEWORK BE MARKED?
Each student will receive a mark for their homework, which will be reflective of the level of effort that has been applied to the task. These marks are then used as part of the overall assessment of a student’s individual progress. Parents can check these marks via the student’s exercise books, and by attendance at the termly Individual Advice and Guidance Day.
HOMEWORK MARKING SCALE:
5 – Outstanding
4 – Very Good
3 – Good
2 – Satisfactory
1 – Poor/Not completed
WHAT HAPPENS IF HOMEWORK IS NOT COMPLETED?
If a student does not complete their homework by given deadlines, they will be set a 45 minute detention by their subject teacher. Parents will be informed of this via letter. If there are genuine reasons why a student cannot complete a homework task it is essential that the school is informed of this by letter, prior to the deadline date. Additional intervention will be put into place for students who persistently fail to complete their homework.
HOW CAN STUDENTS GAIN SUPPORT IN COMPLETING HOMEWORK?
Individual subject teachers and Progress Leaders will provide support for students. In addition, there will be support available from Monday to Thursday each week for students to complete their homework, which will commence after February half term:
- Key Stage 3 Homework Support – Destinations Lounge, 3:00-4:00pm
- Key Stage 4 Homework Support – Skills Centre, 3:00-4:00pm
FURTHER QUESTIONS, HELP OR SUPPORT
If you have any specific questions or concerns about homework please contact your child’s Progress Leader or the appropriate Head of Subject. Alternatively, you can contact Miss Moore, Extended Leader for additional support