Educational research has shown that homework has a positive impact on outcomes, particularly in secondary schools.
At King Edward VI Lordswood School for Girls we value the importance of homework and the benefits it has in preparing our students to become independent learners. The homework timetable is shared with all students.
Teachers will set homework on the allocated day. The tasks and deadline given for completion are recorded in the student planner. Parents/carers are required to check completion of homework and sign the planner each week.
In line with government guidelines students should spend the following amount of time on homework each week:
- Years 7: ¾ hour to 1 ½ hours per day
- Year 8: 1 hour to 1 ½ hours per day
- Year 9: 1 hour to 1 ½hours per day
- Years 10: 1 hour to 2 hours per day
- Year 11: 1 ½ hours to 2 ½ hours per day
- Years 12 and 13: 5 hours per subject per week
Homework activities vary and will take the form of one or more of the following:
A task will be given to prepare for the subsequent lesson. This is often called ‘flipped learning’. It is important that this task is completed so that full participation can take place in the lesson and activities completed.
Practice is the key to really understanding or doing something really well. Remember the phrase, ‘Practice makes perfect’! Students should not worry if they get stuck or make a mistake when completing this type of homework. They should keep on trying, use feedback and learn from mistakes.
Reflecting on mistakes or what is not understood is an important part of learning. Teachers may ask students to identify parts of a topic that they do not understand or to think about how a piece of work can be improved or to correct mistakes. Thinking about learning is called meta-cognition.
KS4 and KS5 coursework
Coursework deadlines are set throughout the year therefore it is important to organise time available carefully in order to meet deadlines.
The homework timetables for each year group can be found here.
For further support with homework, there may be resources available on the Google classroom, GCSE Pod, Seneca and BBC Bitesize. Departments will be able to advise students on additional subject specific websites and learning platforms.