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Holmer Green Senior School

Homework Guidance

Holmer Green Senior School

Homework Guidance

At HGSS we use homework to…

…foster independent study

…support students’ academic outcomes

…deepen understanding and consolidate learning

…prepare students for work and study to come

…aid students in meeting subject area end game objectives

…appropriately challenge students regardless of ‘age-stage’

Allocation of homework:

(Stakeholders: SLT, LADs, Subject Leaders, Form Tutors, Classroom teachers, Learning Support Assistants, Students, Parents/Carers)

Classroom teachers are to set homework tasks using the ‘non-negotiables’ below:

  • Students receive homework that is appropriate and meaningful
  • There should be no distinction in the amount of homework set for different classes (e.g. W and N)
  • Homework tasks should be differentiated accordingly
  • Students should receive at least a week to complete the task set
  • Homework tasks are to be set at the beginning of a lesson
  • Staff will record homework set on SIMS
  • Students’ should receive feedback/marking within two weeks of the work being handed in
  • Staff will sanction Students according to the BfL policy if homework is incomplete

Students will be allocated homework according to the following:

  • Subjects that have two or more timetabled lessons a week will issue one piece of homework per week, per student (e.g. Maths, Science, Humanities, Language, Technology and KS4/5 Optional classes)
  • Students in Year 7 and 8 will receive one piece of English homework a week, as well as a reading and spelling task
  • Subjects that have one timetabled lesson a week will issue one piece of homework per fortnight, per student (e.g. Drama, Music, R.S.)
  • There will be no homework set during core P.E. lessons

Students should expect homework to last the following duration

  • Year 7-10 students: 30-60 minutes per subject, per week.
  • Year 11 students: 60-90 minutes per subject, per week
  • Year 12-13 students: 5 hours per subject, per week.

Monitoring of homework allocation:

(Stakeholders: SLT, LADs, subject leaders, form tutors, classroom teachers, students, parents/carers)

  • Subject teachers set homework and record tasks on SIMS platform
  • AW (SLT lead) produces weekly reports for HOFs/HODs that show % allocation for each member of the team
  • Issues with homework allocation trigger the monitoring framework outlined below

Monitoring the quality of homework set:

(Stakeholders: SLT, LADs, subject leaders, form tutors, classroom teachers, students, parents/carers)

  • Through MER learning walks (HOD/HOF and SLT/LADs).
  • Through MER book scrutiny (HOD/HOF and SLT/LADs).
  • Through discussion at Department/Faculty meetings – ‘Homework’ to be a standing item
  • Through discussion with students (Student Commission)
  • Through communication with parents/carers

Monitoring of non-completion

(Stakeholders: SLT, LADs, subject leaders, form tutors, classroom teachers, students, parents/carers)

  • AW to produce weekly homework detention report to share with LADs
  • LADs to share report with subject leaders
  • Subject leaders to share with staff

Sharing homework success

(Stakeholders: SLT, LADs, subject leaders, form tutors, classroom teachers, Students, parents/carers)

  • Whole school/department Twitter accounts to be used to share excellent homework
  • Whole school display – ‘Going Beyond Our Best’ to be used to share excellent homework
  • WordPress blog used to share excellent homework – linked to school website

 

April 2016

 

 

Holmer Green Senior School
Parish Piece
Holmer Green
High Wycombe
HP15 6SP

t: 01494 712219e: office@hgss.co.uk