When set in a meaningful way, thoughtfully constructed homework is a valuable part of schooling. Without any doubt, students who are successful at A level and at GCSE are those who have highly developed independent learning skills. Through a strong culture of homework, the most successful students are those who have the capacity to lead the learning process through their questions and ideas and who are, crucially, resilient and resourceful enough to be able to deal with the inevitable bumps in the road along the way.
Importantly, homework does not have to mean, literally, ‘work done at home’, homework refers to any tasks that students do in between lessons – at home, before school, in the library, in an after-school club – whenever, wherever. In this context, homework can have a high impact on student learning.
The best homework should prepare students for future learning episodes, have in built peer and self assessment opportunities and should prevent children’s in built passion for learning new ideas and creativity from being stifled. Homework allows for practising, extending, and consolidating work done in class, it provides training for students in planning and organising their time. Homework develops a range of skills in identifying and using information and resources. Good homework can establish habits of study, concentration, and self-discipline which will serve students for the rest of their lives. It strengthens home-school links and reaffirms the role of parents as partners in education.
Homework at More House can provide parents with insights into what is being taught in the classroom and the progress of their children. More House homework is differentiated to meet the needs of all of our girls. It challenges and extends more able children as well as providing additional support for those who require it.
It is set on a regular basis in each subject in accordance with the homework timetable. Homework diaries are used to develop pupils’ organisational skills and time management, and to improve home-School communication. As students move through the School is expected that homework demands will increase.
The approximate time allocation for each subject is as follows:
Year 7-8: 20 -30 minutes per subject
Year 9: 30-40 minutes per subject
Years 10-11: 40 minutes per subject, perhaps more during extended assignments or the preparation for Teacher Assessed Assignments. The best GCSE students complete a minimum of 10 hours per week of Independent study.
AS/A level: as directed by the teacher. The best A-level students complete 20 hours per week of Independent study.