26 Apr to 26 May

Homework

We believe homework is central to our students' studies and is a reinforcement of work taking place in the classroom.

Students receive a planner which is used to record homework set and as a reminder to hand homework in on time.

We encourage parents to monitor the planner on a weekly basis and to use it as a means of communication with the form tutor.

HOMEWORK POLICY

Homework makes an important contribution to students’ progress at school by raising standards, extending knowledge and encouraging independent learning.

All teaching staff take their responsibility in setting, marking and recording homework according to the published timetable.

1.  Principles

Homework at Ken Stimpson Community School is founded on the following principles:

  • The Homework Policy is led by the Leadership Team as part of the school’s overall learning and assessment strategy
  • There are high expectations of students in completing homework
  • There is a regular programme so that everyone – teachers, students and parents/carers – know what to expect
  • Homework assignments are planned carefully as part of schemes of work and set as appropriate
  • There is consistent expectation within departments in setting, managing and marking homework
  • Homework tasks are evaluated and checked regularly to ensure that they support students’ learning in the best possible way.

2.  The purpose of homework

Homework is seen as an integral part of every student’s education as it:

  • Encourages independent learning, self discipline and the development of organisational skills
  • Allows consolidation, research and further practice of skills
  • Extends the study time available for the completion of coursework
  • Allows the opportunity for work not suited to the classroom.

3.  Responsibilities of Parents/Carers

Parents/carers should support the school policy as indicated in the Home-School Agreement.  Additionally, parents/carers, where possible, should:

  • Offer support and encouragement
  • Try to ensure their son/daughter has a peaceful room or space and a clear surface
  • Help their son/daughter to plan their time, remembering short spells of work are better than long stretches
  • Keep reference books and pencils, rulers etc together so there can be no excuses.  Ensure their son/daughter has the correct mathematical equipment e.g. ruler, calculator
  • Help their son/daughter establish a routine
  • Be consistent and insist that the task is completed
  • Inform the school if their son/daughter is having difficulties with homework, if it takes too long or if it is impossible to meet the deadline set
  • Offer help but not take over – by questioning or breaking down the problem, or talking things through remembering that it is their son’s or daughter’s homework.
  • Check and sign homework diaries/planners every week
  • Praise and encourage their son/daughter when they complete the homework.

4.  Student responsibilities

Research has shown that homework done consistently during the compulsory education period (5 to 16) can add up to one year’s extra learning.  In addition, any out of school activity helps learning. Students should take responsibility for their homework by:

  • allowing adequate time to complete homework to a satisfactory standard and meet deadlines
  • taking care and pride with their work and seeking to do their best at all times
  • consulting teachers at the earliest possible moment if experiencing personal or family difficulties which interfere with homework
  • accepting that repeated failure to produce satisfactory homework will result in a range of sanctions to ensure that all outstanding coursework is submitted to the best of their ability.

Homework activities will posted onto our school learning platform (https://learn.kscs.org.uk

Key Stage 3 Homework

Subject

Number of lessons per week

When

Art

2 lessons

Every three weeks  

D&T

2 lessons

Every three weeks  

English

4 lessons

At least once a fortnight  

Humanities

4 lessons

At least once a fortnight  

ICT

1 lesson

At least once a half term

Mathematics

4 lessons

At least once a fortnight  

MFL

3 lessons

Once a fortnight  

Performing Arts

3 lessons

Once a fortnight  

PSHE

1 lesson

At least once a half term

PE

2 lessons

Not set

Science

4 lessons

At least once a fortnight  

5. Study support in school

The school can support students do their homework in school by making available the following provision:

  • Library facilities with homework helpers from 3.15 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.
  • Computer rooms after school
  • Quiet areas at lunchtimes
  • Subject workshops.

In all subjects homework will be set with the minimum expectations every 6th lesson.

The table below enables you to see how frequent homework is set per subject.

Please note that some subjects will set an extended project/homework task which last for a longer  period of time.

Key Stage 4 Homework

Subject

Number of lessons per week

When

Art

3 lessons

Once a fortnight  

Business Studies

3 lessons

Once a fortnight  

Business Studies

3 lessons

Once a fortnight

Construction

9 lessons

Up to twice a week

Dance

3 lessons

Once a fortnight

Drama

3 lessons

Once a fortnight  

English

5 lessons

At least once a fortnight

French

3 lessons

Once a fortnight

Food

3 lessons

Once a fortnight  

Heatlth & Social Care

3 lessons

Once a fortnight  

Humanities - Integrated

1 lesson

At least once a half term

Humanities - Geography

3 lessons

Once a fortnight

Humanities - History

3 lessons

Once a fortnight

Italian

3 lessons

Once a fortnight  

Maths

4 lessons

Every week and a half

Music

2 lessons

Once a fortnight (3)

PE (as an option choice)

3 lessons

Once  a fortnight (3)

Performing Arts

3 lessons

Once  a fortnight (3)

Science

5 lessons

At least once  a fortnight (3)

Sport Studies

3 lessons

Once a week (6)

Triple Science

3 lessons

Once a fortnight (3)

The number in brackets is the number of homework tasks set each half term based on a six week half term.

All students receive a planner which is used to record homework set and as a reminder to hand homework in on time.

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