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Homework at ATS

Homework is work students do home. The purpose of completing tasks at home is to support students in becoming independent learners, and encouraging a deeper understanding of the subject studied. It also develops skills in personal organization and a sense of responsibility.

Home learning is an essential part of preparation for examinations and it is vital that students dedicate time to learning key information required for exam success.

Research by the Sutton Trust shows that there is the potential for adding 5 months to the progress of each student through their school career through the setting of effective homework tasks.

Evidence also suggests that how homework relates to learning during normal school time is important. In order to be most effective, homework should be an integral part of learning, rather than an add-on. To maximise impact, it is important that students are provided with high quality feedback on their work.

Students at ATS will have their Homework marked in a variety of ways: Yellow box, comments, scores, comments and grades are just some of the ways. Sometimes, Homework will be piece of research that needs to be checked and stuck in, so that it can aid learning.

The amount of Homework a student should get in Years 7-9 is around 1-2 hours a night, with this number increasing for Years 10 and 11. Homework is recorded in your child’s diary every day.

Please sign the diary once a week and check that your son/daughter is recording their Homework every day. Please contact Miss Fox is you are unhappy with the amount of Homework that your child is given. If your child appears to have no Homework, you can follow this up in the first instance with his or her tutor or the Head of Department of the subject concerned.

All students are expected to have an age appropriate reading book with them and if they have not got sufficient HW on a particular night then their Homework should be to read their book. For at least an hour.

Homework activities could be:

  • Note taking
  • Preparing for work to be done in class
  • Practising and completing tasks or activities already taught or started in lessons, but with more extended activities to develop inquiry skills or more directed and focused work such as revision for exams
  • Spelling tests
  • Research
  • A creative piece
  • Reading
  • Where extended tasks are set over a number of weeks, these should be broken into a series of smaller steps for students to complete.

Effective Homework has elements such as :

Tasks should be planned and focused, linked to what is being learned in class.
A variety of tasks with different levels of challenge are beneficial.

Tasks that are linked to the specific areas for improvement for each student are highly effective.
Homework could be the completion of Yellow box task based on the formative feedback provided by the teacher.

The quality of the homework is more important than the quantity.
Pupils should receive feedback on homework that is timely and specific.
Students should be aware of the purpose of the homework set.

The student needs to make sure that they are:

Recording the Homework in their diary and recording the due date.
Asking the teacher if they are unclear of the nature of the Homework.
Doing the Homework well in advance of their next lesson.
Attending support clubs if needed in school to help support any Homework.

The library is open to the students every day, to help them complete their Homework.

The parent needs to:

Check the diary every day.
Read through the students exercise books on a regular basis. 
Make sure there is a space at home to support Homework being completed.
Check that your child is doing Homework every day. 


Natasha Fox

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