At SWCHS we understand the value of developing independent learning behaviour in our young people and homework plays an important role is fostering self-discipline and personal organisation. It also reinforces and enriches the learning that young people do in school.
Key Principles for Setting Homework
- Students should understand the purpose of homework and be able to see that it will have an impact on their learning
- Homework should be linked to learning
- Homework should be scaffolded and modelled effectively by the teacher so students know what they need to do and how to do it
- Students should receive specific and timely feedback on their homework (Feedback can be given in many ways – e.g. whole class feedback, individual verbal feedback or written feedback)
- Teachers should set at least one piece of homework per cycle (Core Subjects with greater lesson allocation may choose to set homework more frequently – i.e one per week)
- At certain times (e.g. when preparing for an assessment) a longer piece may be set
- Homework should not be set for the following day – however, on occasion, where lessons are timetabled on consecutive days, shorter homework tasks (of 10-15 minutes) may need to be set in order to prepare for learning in the next lesson
- Students should be encouraged to note down the amount of time to take on each piece of homework in their planners
- Students will need to spend more time working at home before exams, coursework lessons etc.