Responses to the recent questionnaire for parents and carers cause us to want to dig a little deeper into question 6 “My child receives appropriate homework for their age”.
For information our homework policy states
“Homework is an important part of learning. Homework set by staff is not optional.
The aim of homework is to give students opportunities to:
We do not operate a homework timetable, but expect staff to set homework as and when it is appropriate and meaningful. As general guidance, staff may set up to 20 minutes per subject per week in year 7, 30 minutes in year 8 and 40 minutes in year 9. In years 10 and 11 staff may set up to one hour per GCSE subject per week (a longer task may be necessary on occasion for practical subjects). Staff will make reasonable adjustments to this amount for any AEN such as visual impairment or dyslexia. At least 48 hours will be given for homework to be completed. In the sixth form, students should expect to do one hour of work outside the classroom for every hour spent in a lesson. This work may take the form of directed homework, or self directed study. Homework that is properly completed will receive meaningful feedback within two weeks of the deadline. Homework does not just consist of written work. Homework may be reading, researching, preparing, or attending extra sessions for some subjects. It is the student’s responsibility to record homework set in the planner, and to complete it appropriately within the deadline set. Students who fail to complete homework have lost a learning opportunity. If this becomes a pattern, a concern will be communicated to parents via the concern codes on the regular academic review.
In addition the secretary of State Michael Gove has scrapped guidelines introduced in 1998 on how much homework pupils should be given to allow Headteachers more control over this.
A DfE spokesperson said “Homework is part and parcel of a good education. We trust headteachers to set the homework policy for their school. They know their pupils best and should be free to make these decisions without having to adhere to unnecessary bureaucratic guidance.”
We ask that you answer the following to aid our follow up work. As with the recent questionnaire your name is optional but does enable possible follow up.
If you require a paper version of this questionnaire please see the Printable PDF Document below or contact the school.
|Homework Questionnaire for Parents (June)|