Homework

 
Executive HeadChair of GovernorsReview Dates
Last Review: 22/03/17
Trevor Patterson Philip Cavalier-Lumley Next Review: 03/2020

 

Policy Statement

At Blakehill Primary School we believe that homework is a number of tasks or activities which pupils are asked to do on their own or with their parents in order to reinforce curricular objectives and learning outcomes.

  • Homework consolidates and reinforces skills and understanding in numeracy, literacy and other curriculum areas
  • Helps raise the level of achievement of individual pupils
  • Provides opportunities for parents and children to work together
  • Fosters an effective partnership between home and school.

We consider homework should:

  • be interesting and rewarding for all children
  • help children be independent learners
  • be integrated into everyday planning and set by the class teacher
  • cater for individual children’s learning needs
  • be clearly understood to enable children to know when, what and how the work is to be done
  • be marked in accordance with the school’s Marking Policy and fed back to the children promptly.

We value the support of parents/carers and we believe that this policy will be successful if there is a strong partnership between home and school which is reflected in the Home-School Agreement.

Responsibilities

Role of the Governing Body

The Governing Body will:

  • decide and agree policy
  • delegate powers and responsibility to the Headteacher to ensure that this policy is embedded into the culture of the school
  • be responsible for the effective monitoring and evaluation of this policy.

Role of the Executive Head / Head of School

The Executive Head / Head of School will:

  • promote this policy by raising its status and importance
  • ensure that homework is built into teachers planning
  • provide supportive guidance for parents
  • keep up to date with new developments with regard to homework
  • monitor and evaluate this policy.

Role of the Teaching staff

The Teaching Staff will:

  • integrate homework into their planning
  • set interesting tasks and/or activities
  • set homework appropriate to each child
  • explain when, what and how the work is to be done so that each child clearly understands
  • provide feedback to pupils
  • monitor pupils completing homework
  • agree with pupils appropriate rewards/sanctions for completing/not completing homework eg. merits/stickers/minutes off ‘Golden Time’ etc.

Role of Parents/Carers

Parent/Carers are asked to:

  • sign the Home-School Agreement indicating their support for homework
  • praise the value of homework to their children
  • provide a suitable space in their home where their children can concentrate on their homework
  • establish a homework routine such as no television
  • provide materials pens, pencils etc.
  • go through the homework before their child starts and discuss the completed work when finished
  • make the experience pleasurable
  • find time to work with their child or be at hand if a problem arises
  • discuss, encourage and praise their child’s efforts
  • communicate with the school if they are not sure of some aspect of the homework or if their child is experiencing difficulties in doing it.

Role of Pupils

Children are asked to:

  • complete their homework and hand it in on time;
  • make sure they understand what is asked of them;
  • make sure they get feedback on their homework;
  • agree with teacher appropriate rewards/sanctions for completing / not completing homework
  • highlight to the School Council any ideas they may have to improve homework

Types of Homework

Homework will be a variety of tasks and activities designed to consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding in English, Maths, topic linked projects, spellings and reading. This may include online homework e.g. KIRFs.

Feedback

Feedback on homework will be in a variety of forms such as:

  • verbal
  • written
  • peer/self mark
  • class discussion
  • praise and recognition for completing homework e.g. merits/stickers/certificates etc. for outstanding work.

Parents are asked to:

  • give teachers any feedback they feel might be useful
  • contact the school if they have any concerns.

Monitoring the Effectiveness of the Policy

This policy and its effectiveness will be reviewed at least every three years, but also when the need arises by the Governing Body.