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Homework

Rationale:

Homework improves students’ performance and achievement by giving them the opportunity to: develop independence and resilience; better prepare for lessons; deepen, widen, reinforce and consolidate their learning; practise and improve skills; research and explore beyond the confines of the classroom; demonstrate their knowledge and skills; and revise.

Homework provides teachers with the opportunity to gauge students’ understanding of topics; assess progress, knowledge and skills; and understand students’ capacity for independent work.

Homework can enrich the dialogue between teacher, student and parents; and it can improve parental engagement.

Homework is a vital element of learning and an important aspect of school life.

Specific Purposes of Homework:

Homework is set regularly in Culcheth High School and aims to raise standards of achievement by:

  • Allowing practice and consolidation of work done in class;
  • Allowing students to prepare for in-class learning or revise for upcoming QMAs, PPEs or exams;
  • Encouraging students to develop good study habits and self-discipline, by planning and organising their own time;
  • Providing teachers with evidence for the evaluation of students’ progress;
  • Recording and informing parents and family of the work carried out;
  • Extending school learning through additional research, exploiting a wide range of resources.

Minimum Homework Weighting for Key Stage 3 (Y7 and Y8) Pupils:

SubjectHomework Requirements
English and MathsThree pieces of homework per fortnight, which should each take approximately 20 minutes to complete; OR one lengthier piece (taking approximately 30 minutes to complete) per week.
Science, Geography, History, FrenchOne piece of homework per week, that should take approximately 20 minutes to complete
Spanish, RE, Computer Science, all Design Technology and Expressive Art rotations.One piece of written homework per fortnight that should take 20 minutes to complete
PEHomework will be set on a regular basis and can either be written or practical

Minimum Homework Weighting for Key Stage 4 Pupils:

SubjectHomework Requirements
English and MathsThree pieces of homework per fortnight, which should each take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete; OR one lengthier piece (taking approximately 30-45 minutes to complete) per week.
ScienceOne piece of homework per week, that should take 30 minutes to complete
Art, Art Textiles, Business Studies, Computer Science, Drama, DT, Food Preparation and Nutrition, French, Geography, History, Media, Music, PE (GCSE), Science, Spanish, RE, ICT, One piece of homework per fortnight that should take 30 minutes to complete
PE (core)Homework will be set on a regular basis and can either be written or practical.

KS4 students are expected to complete independent revision for all subjects alongside their scheduled homework.

All homework will be given a deadline that is a minimum 2 school days and maximum 5 school days.

All homework will be posted on Google Classroom.

At key times, or specific points, teachers or departments might choose to set more homework than indicated above, if there is a valid reason to do so.

If there are any questions about subject specific homework, please speak to the class teacher or relevant head of department. If there are any general homework questions, please speak to Mr Ben Dugdale, Assistant Headteacher.

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