** PANDEMIC LOCKDOWN UPDATE January 2021 ** Following a review of our online provision following the first couple of weeks of lockdown we are temporarily changing our expectations of homework. We acknowledge that all our students are spending 5 hours per day online. We also recognise that most online lessons are packed with learning which can take more than the one hour lesson time. Up until Feb half-term, therefore, compulsory homework will not be set and no negative Classcharts points will be given for lack of homework. Teachers may set optional ASPIRE work and whole-school ASPIRE tasks around reading and independent learning will be set. Positive points will be awarded for completion. Students can opt to spend time reviewing past learning, catching up on any missed topics and reading for pleasure. We consider that this is an intelligent approach to balance the demands of online learning at this time with a focus on independent progress by each student. We will review this approach at Feb half-term.
Homework - whole school ASPIRE activities
** PANDEMIC UPDATE September 2020 ** Almost all homework is being set online using Microsoft Teams. It is being signposted on Classcharts, so that parents/carers can track it, and students are also writing a brief summary in their planner. Homework club runs after school 5 days a week (with late buses on Tues, Wed and Thurs) which is of particular help to those students who have limited computer access at home or who find completing homework at home difficult. If you wish your child to attend homework club then you need to register them using the online form here.
Homework is an important part of the learning process. It is used to extend learning and teach students good study habits which are needed for exam courses.
Homework is given because:
- It increases the amount of time available for study, extends and enriches the learning activities organised by school for our pupils.
- It encourages pupils to work independently and to use their initiative.
- It encourages pupils to take responsibility for their own work and to learn to meet deadlines.
- It allows the use of resources and materials (including people) that are not available at school.
- It allows pupils to complete work not finished in class.
- It allows pupils to prepare work to be developed in school.
- It allows skills to be practised more than is possible in school alone.
- It allows tasks to be set for individual pupils and their abilities/interests.
- It strengthens the links between home and school and involves parents in their children's learning.
We ask parents to monitor this as it is important that students keep up to date with this important element of exam courses.Our detailed homework policy can be found in the Policies section here.