Homework

Rationale

Homework and Independent Learning Tasks are work that is set to be done outside the timetabled curriculum. It is most usually independent study in that a teacher does not usually directly supervise it although that option is available either within Departments or the LRC. The overall aim is to enhance, enrich and improve the quality of students’ learning beyond the taught lesson.  It is important in raising student achievement through solidifying skills and developing new ones.

Homework at HBH is an integral part of the curriculum and expectations are the work is completed to the highest standard. Homework is intended to encourage self-discipline and independent study skills in students. It should provide opportunities for students to consolidate, practise and apply skills learned. Homework should help them to develop skills and techniques and increase their knowledge and ability to learn. Homework can also help prepare students for future lessons, examinations and provide opportunities for students to develop research skills.

Not all homework is done at home; in fact, for some pupils who find it hard to work at home, or for some tasks that may require resources (books, software, equipment) more readily available at school, it is necessary or desirable to carry out the task at school.

Aims

The aim of Homework and Extended Learning is to:
• raise standards of achievement;
• provide opportunities for students to work independently and to take responsibility for organising their work;
• help students recognise the link between good study habits and higher standards of achievement;
• check that students have understood classwork;
• consolidate or extend work covered in school;
• prepare for future lessons; and
• extend lesson time to enable the National Curriculum to be covered.

Homework Tasks

Homework can be:
• Independent learning
• Consolidation of work in class
• Practise - learning by doing
• Completion of coursework assignments
• Research or investigating
• Reading
• Interviews
• Visual arts
• Graphic communication & language
• Using ICT
• Recording

Homework and Extended Learning tasks will be set regularly and recorded on the Show My Homework Website.

Marking
Homework will be regularly marked and assessed, with students receiving feedback promptly.

Sanctions and Rewards
• Behaviour Points will be issued to students for failing to complete homework or failing to meet deadlines or completing work below a standard commensurate with their ability in accordance with the Behaviour Policy.
• Heron Points (Achievement Points) will be awarded to students for good, excellent and outstanding effort or homework in accordance with the Behaviour Policy.

The Role of Students

All students should complete homework tasks to the deadlines and standards expected by their teacher. Students should aim to get into a routine of regularly completing work when it is set by referring to the Show My Homework website to plan and organise their tasks. Students should inform their teacher prior to the deadline if they have concerns regarding the difficulty of the work set or if they are concerned they will not meet the deadline set.

The Role of Parents and Carers

Parents and carers should support their child in the completion of homework tasks and inform the school if there is an issue with their child meeting deadlines or with completing the task to the standard required. We ask for the support of parents if sanctions are required due to their child failing to complete homework on time or to the required standard.