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 Homework Guides

I am pleased to confirm that the school has now completed updating its Guides to Homework for 2018-19. There is a separate guide for each year group and they are all now available on the school website.  There is also a copies of further information for parents/carers.

The first part of the booklet details:

  • What homework is and what it aims to achieve

  • Which subjects will set your child homework (and which will not)

  • How much time your child should be spending on homework

  • What sort of tasks your child will be expected to complete

  • The responsibilities of pupils, parents and teachers in relation to homework

  • The other work, in addition to homework set by teachers, that your child should be completing at home

The second part of the booklet contains, for each of the subjects that will be setting your child homework, a homework plan for the current academic year. We hope you will find it helpful to have details in advance of the homework that your child will be expected to complete this year.

If you have a general query or concern relating to homework please contact your child’s Head of Year or Pastoral Support Officer. For subject specific homework queries or concerns please contact the person named at the bottom of the relevant subject’s page in the guides.

We hope you will find that your Guide to Homework 2017-18 enhances home-school communication in relation to this important area. If you would like a printed copy of your guide(s) please contact the school.

Yours sincerely  

D Taylor




Independent Learning / Homework 

What is Homework?

Homework is the work set regularly by teachers for pupils to complete outside the timetabled curriculum. It is teacher directed independent study that is not normally supervised by a teacher. Not all homework can be done at home; for some pupils who find it difficult to work at home, or for some tasks that require particular resources that are more readily available in school, it is necessary or desirable for homework tasks to be completed in school.

Homework enhances pupils learning, develops the skills associated with effective study and independent learning and supports achievement. It is therefore an integral part of the curriculum, requiring careful planning and integration into departmental schemes of learning.

What are the aims of Homework?

  1. To enable pupils to develop the independent study skills needed to help them to become effective independent and self-directed learners. These include the skills associated with personal organisation, research, planning, time-management, self-discipline and meeting deadlines
  2. To give pupils the opportunity to take responsibility for their own learning
  3. To enable parents to engage effectively in support of their child’s learning
  4. To enable pupils to consolidate and extend work covered in class
  5. To enable pupils to contribute work completed outside the classroom to their portfolio’s for Essential Skills Wales and the Welsh Baccalaureate where appropriate
  6. To enable pupils to access resources not available in the classroom or in school

Which subjects set Homework and how much time should pupils spend on it?

Parents are advised that absence during term time for the purpose of family holidays will not normally be approved. Families are advised, wherever possible, to take family holidays during the school holidays. Pupils will therefore not normally be set Homework to complete during school holidays. However, older pupils will need to complete revision for external and mock examinations during some of their school holidays, as advised by their teachers

Homework at Key Stage 3

Subjects Recommended time per 2 week cycle (Hours)
Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
English 1.5 1.5 1.5
Maths 1.5 1.5 1.5
Science 1.5 1.5 1.5
Geography 0.5 0.5 0.5
History 0.5 0.5 0.5
MFL French 0.5 0.5 0.5
MFL Spanish 0.5 0.5 0.5
Welsh 0.5 0.5 0.5
RE 0.5 0.5 0.5
Art 0.5 0.5 0.5
Design Technology 0.5 0.5 0.5
Total per cycle 8.5 8.5 8.5
ICT, PE, Music, Drama and PSE do not normally set written homework at Key Stage 3

Homework at Key Stage 4

Subjects Recommended Time per 2 week cycle (Hours)
Year 10 Year 11
English 1.5 1.5
Maths 1.5 1.5
Science 1.5 1.5
4 Full Course Optional Subjects 4 x 1.5 = 6.0 4 x 1.5 = 6.0
2 Short Course Optional Subjects 2 x 0.75 = 1.5 2 x 0.75 = 1.5
Total per cycle 12.0 12.0
Written homework is not normally set for Compulsory PE at Key Stage 4

What sort of tasks will be set as Homework?

Examples of tasks that could be set include:

  • Independent Learning Projects (ILPs) lasting several weeks
  • Consolidation of work completed in class
  • Writing up/recording activities completed in class
  • Further practice of skills/techniques covered in class – learning by doing/repeating
  • Completion of BTEC (and other vocational course) assignments
  • Completion of past examination questions
  • Memorising vocabulary for Modern Foreign Languages and Welsh
  • Memorising spellings
  • Research
  • Reading
  • Drawing/making
  • Using ICT where there is an outcome for the teacher to mark

What are the arrangements for communication between school and home in relation to Homework?

The school will publish a Parents’ Guide to Homework booklet for each year group. These guides will contain, for each subject, a Homework Plan indicating for each half-term:

  • The topics/areas to be addressed by the homework tasks
  • The number of homework tasks to be provided and the time that pupils are recommended to spend on each; in addition, where practical, the title of each task

What is the role of pupils?

What is the role of parents/carers?

Parents have the key role in ensuring that homework is completed on time and to a good standard. It is first and foremost the responsibility of parents to ensure that their child completes all Homework set by the deadlines and to the best of their ability. Parents can best support their child in relation to homework by:

What is the role of subject teachers?

In addition to Homework set by teachers what other work should pupils be completing at home?

Homework set by teachers is not the only study that pupils should be completing at home. In addition to homework set by their teachers, pupils should also be regularly spending some time on self-directed independent study, which should include:

Although pupils will not normally be set Homework to complete during their school holidays, older pupils (mainly in Years 10 & 11) will need to complete revision for external and mock examinations during some of their school holidays, as advised by their teachers.

The Schools Homework Policy Adoption and review of this Policy

The School has adopted a Homework Policy, which is available (alongside all of our other Policies) within the Governing Body section of this Website. Click here to be taken to our Policies

Would you like to contribute your views on Homework?

We would welcome your views on your child’s Homework. Please click on the link at the top of the page to be taken to our Homework Survey.