Homework at The Ruth Gorse Academy aims to provide opportunities for consolidating subject knowledge and skills, challenging students to develop their areas of weakness as well as supporting them with making progress to the next level in their learning journey. Through personalised homework we aim to develop students in to becoming independent learners, equipped with reading and writing skills which enable them to conduct research, create and develop ideas, and most importantly reflect on their learning.

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

Recording homework

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.

For example: Science: Complete the gas exchange assessed homework task sheet. Due Monday 21st October

Frequency of homework

  • Core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) to set one piece of homework per week
    • All other subjects to set homework once every two weeks

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, HOY and SLT 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.