At The Ruth Gorse Academy homework will be administered to achieve the following purpose:
- To instil good habits that will support students throughout their educational career and ensure they are prepared for their next phase and stage of their education;
- To support the retention, recall and application of knowledge.
Foundations of personalised homework
Through formal and informal assessment, teachers identify areas of strength and development for students based on the subject assessment strands. These should be reflected in the different styles of homework that students are set.
Styles of homework
Different styles of homework may be set based on the requirement of the assessment strand. These different styles include:
Having the opportunity to consolidate learning which has taken place in a lesson is not only valid, but sometimes essential. When set a consolidation piece of homework, it indicates that the student has been set a piece of work to reinforce what has taken place during the lesson.
An important characteristic of a successful learner is being aware of our own strengths and weaknesses. Only then are we better equipped to act upon that awareness and change the way we do things. This puts the learner more in control! When a Green for Growth piece of homework is set, it indicates that the student is required to reflect upon their teacher’s feedback and plan, monitor or evaluate how to improve as a result of the “Tip”, “Challenge” or “Think” that has been set.
Arriving at a lesson having already prepared a series of questions, carried out some research on a topic, or devised a creative response to a set challenge, is a simple yet highly effective homework strategy. When a preparation piece of homework is set, it indicates that the student is required to prepare in advance of a future lesson in order to create pace and support student centred leadership.
They are integral to outstanding teaching and learning across every subject at The Ruth Gorse Academy. High levels of literacy and numeracy ensure we have the tools to facilitate a deeper understanding of subject knowledge and enable us to articulate and apply these ideas. When a literacy or numeracy piece of homework is set, it indicates that the student may be required to perform one or more of the following:
- reading linked to the subject area
- write an extended piece of work in line with the Written Accuracy Campaign
- practice their spelling mistakes using spelling pages at the back of their planner or
- practice a numeracy skill for example; drawing a graph or performing calculations
All homework must be recorded in the student planner. Students that struggle to read their own handwriting will require this to be recorded for them.
When recording homework, students must identify the subject they have received the homework from, a brief sentence to outline what they are required to complete and a due date.
Each week students to pre-populate their planner with the 5 lessons they have each day. This must be done on a Monday morning during registration. If a homework activity is not set they are to write ‘none set’.
The homework must be written on the date it was set with the date due box filled in.
For example: Science: Complete the gas exchange assessed homework task sheet. Due Monday 21st October
All KS4 homework to be set on Google Classroom as well as recorded in the student planner.
Frequency of homework
Homework will be set regularly and recorded in the student planner. Within Key Stage 4 this will be at least once a week. Within Key Stage 3 this will follow the timetable set out by the Academic Progress Leader in consultation with Curriculum Leaders. It is anticipated that this will be two timetables for each year group dependant on banding.
Year 7 and 8 students will be provided with a homework timetable that must be adhered to by all subject teachers. This allows students to develop ‘good habits’ whilst having a supportive framework to work within.
Homework marking and feedback
Any homework completed by students must be glued into their books with their classwork. This needs to be identified as homework either as a title on the page or worksheet. Each subject area must set one piece of assessed homework which is linked to their assessment strands and this must be marked by the teacher. Any additional homework set can be marked in class by the students.
Supporting students with homework
The ICT Suite 211 is available on a Monday, Tuesday and Friday after school for Years 7-10. The ICT suite in in the Library is available every night for Year 11. Both rooms can accommodate thirty students.
During PD, form tutors have discussions around time management and directing students to relevant resources.
By reviewing planners, form tutors, Pastoral Officers and Academic Progress Leaders also identify students who are frequently in receipt of homework comments and ensure they have a conversation with them about time management and homework support. These students may also be directed to homework club if required.