Homework and Private Study Policy
Parents/carers/guardians are expected to support the school in seeing that independent study/ homework is done promptly and conscientiously. Each student has a planner in which he/she enters details of the work set, resources required and deadlines for submission.
Parents/carers/guardians are asked to check their son/daughter’s planner and sign in the space provided each week.
Form Tutors are also required to sign and check planners on a termly basis.
Homework/independent study is intended to complete or consolidate work done in class, to leave students to pursue their own lines of enquiry or to prepare for the following lesson or prepare for a test.
The tasks asked of students may include factual or imaginative writing, reading, learning or revision, fact finding, illustration, map work, thinking etc.
Staff should satisfy themselves that students have the skills necessary to carry out the tasks set.
Homework should be set routinely as per timetable although there will be occasions across the year when larger pieces of work are set over a longer period.
If a student is absent for less than a week then it is their responsibility to ask for any homework and class work missed to copy up when they return to school.
The teacher will then use their professional judgement as to which pieces of homework are able to be done.
For absences over a week or longer parents/carers/guardians are asked to contact the school and we will arrange for work to be sent home.
Whatever tasks are set, independent study/homework should:
- generate a variety of worthwhile learning experiences additional to those provided in school
- be designed to take account of the abilities and needs of students within a group
- enable students to exploit the environment outside the school, and to develop skills of discovery, of investigation and of independent learning
- enable students to use their initiative.
If a student has repeated difficulty in organising their time, planning their work or getting into a routine of handing work in punctually, the subject teacher should comment on this in the student planner.
Where problems persist, particularly over a range of subjects, the Form Tutor should contact the parents and suggest ways in which they could support their child.
Parents/carers/guardians can help their child by checking presentation, handwriting and spelling; they can test what has been learnt; they can listen to their child read what thy have written.
In addition, it would be helpful if parents/carers/guardians could make sure that the correct books are packed ready for school particularly in years 7 and 8.
There is a whole school policy for marking and assessing students’ progress.
Departments have adopted methods of monitoring progress which best suit the nature of the subject and the work involved.
All departments follow the school marking policy on literacy.