Priory offers the facility for pupils to complete additional studies (homework) at the end of the normal school day. Staff supervise and support pupils enabling them to complete the work independently.

Most pupils carry out homework assignments in their own homes with the support and help of parents.

Homework is an essential part of the learning programme and of a child’s development.

Its purpose has many aspects:

  • to practise and reinforce skills covered in class
  • to demonstrate understanding of work covered in class
  • to foster concentration and self-discipline
  • to research information for future lessons
  • to develop children’s ability to plan and organise their time
  • to use resources available outside school to foster independent learning habits
  • to provide parents with an insight into the children’s learning
  • to strengthen home-school links
  • to provide teachers with a diagnostic tool to help assess and plan for individual needs
  • to help students develop the personalised learning and teaching skills they will need to be successful in their future lives.

Homework activities are incorporated into the planning for each subject. Homework in Key Stage 4 usually contains a written element, but research particularly using the internet, reading and gathering information are also important. However, pupils should not just download large amounts of information from the internet when researching a topic. They should be required to synthesise the information and present it in a way that is relevant to the work set.

Homework expectations at the weekend may be a little different, but should not be used to burden pupils with anything that was not finished during the week.

There is a consistency of expectation from all staff as to the standard of presentation, which does not differ from the standards expected in class, and the punctuality of handing in completed work.

Set homework is recorded in the individual pupils’ homework planner, which is checked regularly by form tutors who check pupils’ planners as part of the monitoring of exercise books/work. From September 2017, details of homework for all classes will be accessible through an online programme called Doddle.

All communications received from parents regarding homework should be passed to the relevant teacher(s) and/or subject leader and the student’s House Progress Leader.

Missing or unsatisfactory homework

Should a pupil hand in homework deemed to be of a standard that is less than satisfactory he/she will be asked to repeat it and hand it in the following day.

If a pupil is absent on the day homework is due in, that pupil should hand in the homework on his/her return to school. Where it has not been possible for a pupil to complete the homework, due to illness for instance, this should be communicated in writing to the teacher setting the homework.  Arrangements will be made for the pupil to complete the work if possible, in order that the value of the exercise is not lost, or for them to have notes in order to catch up on the missing work.

If a pupil does not hand in his/her homework on time, and there is not a valid reason received in writing, the pupil will hand in the homework the following day. Depending on the individual, an internal departmental detention may be used to ensure that work is completed.

Parents are reminded that they are responsible for arranging transport for their child following an after school detention.

Where a pupil is a persistent offender, parents will be contacted in order to discuss the way forward.

Finishing Work

A class/group/individual may be asked to continue or complete work at home. However, if a pupil is continually not meeting their homework targets, discussion between parents,

teacher and pupil needs to take place, in order to devise appropriate intervention strategies that will support the student completing homework in the future. This may range from the school advising the parent how they can support with homework by ensuring a working space is provided in the home or providing facilities in school for the student to complete homework after the normal school day.

Special Needs

Pupils requiring learning support frequently have additional work as part of their Individual Education Plan (IEP). Care must be taken that this work combined with other homework does not put too much of a burden on the pupil and his or her family. Homework may also need to be differentiated for pupils with special needs. See the SENCO for advice.

Family Life and Recreation

We recognise that it is important to have a balance in life and that time spent visiting places of interest, taking part in sport, talking, exploring ideas and having fun together all enhance learning.

Advice for Parents:

  • make it clear to your child that you value homework opportunities and support the school by explaining how it can help their learning;
  • if your child needs help then provide sufficient explanation to enable them to do the work themselves. It is important not to provide the answers in advance of the work being done or to complete the work on their behalf;
  • discuss tasks, however briefly, with your child when they are completed;
  • encourage your child and praise them when they have completed homework;
  • wherever possible provide a reasonably peaceful, suitable space for your child to do their homework either together with you in the case of younger children, or alone undisturbed for older children. Whatever the situation it is important that a routine is established for homework;
  • Offer feedback to school about the homework set using your child’s planner as a means of communication. The school appreciates that it is the parents’ prerogative to call a halt when a child has worked hard for a sufficient length of time.

Pupil Planners

Pupils are issued with pupil planners. The planners are checked and signed on a regular basis by form tutors and parents. The all-important aim is to establish a regular routine by which students learn to be responsible for their own recording of work set. If details of homework set are not recorded satisfactorily in homework diaries, and/or the pupil is not completing homework, the form tutor will address this during the form time and will correct the situation, making written comments in the homework diary for the pupils’/parents' benefit.

If the problem persists, it should be referred to the pupil’s House Progress Leader who will contact the pupil’s parents to resolve the matter.

If a pupil planner is lost, defaced or damaged, the pupil is expected to pay for a replacement.  Replacements can be obtained from the school office.

Time Allocation

Individual subjects will determine how much time should be spent on each piece of homework but, from Year 7, pupils need to be able to organise several longer pieces of work so that they can pace themselves to meet deadlines.

Each subject is expected to set at least one homework task per week, the nature of which will be dependent upon what is being studied. On average pupils will be given up to approximately three homework pieces on any one evening which in Years 7, 8, and 9 are estimated to take about 30 – 40 minutes to complete. They are unlikely to all have deadlines to be completed by the next school day so that pupils can spread out their workload. In Years 10 and 11, pupils are likely to spend more time on extended pieces of work. Times given are a guideline, as pupils vary considerably in the amount of time they take over a

task.

If have any concerns about homework they should contact the relevant subject teacher or form teacher in the first instance.