Dear Parents and Carers
Homework Policy: KS3 Years 7-9
Homework is a corner stone in developing skills transfer and time management in pupils, alongside consolidating learning and applying stretch and challenge. The feedback from parents at the end of last year was that homework was not being set consistently across departments. This made it difficult for:
• pupils to reach their potential in different subjects and did not support them in managing their time at home.
• parents and carers to fully engage with the pupils’ progress and
In order to address this, The Brakenhale School would like to share the following Homework Policy for KS3 pupils.
• To maintain high expectations in learning and conduct by setting and assessing regular, challenging out-of-lesson work.
• To support the students by; identifying strengths and areas for development in learning, reinforcing learning, extending learning, and promoting student independence in learning.
To help pupils and their families organise and plan their work across the week, homework will be completed on the following days. Show My Homework will be utilised to ensure all pupils and families can see homework and to make it easier for departments to set homework.
Monday – English
Tuesday – Maths
Wednesday – Science
Thursday – Humanities (History, Geography)
Friday – Modern Foreign Languages
Design & Technology, Music, Art, Drama & Information Technology may also be completed on any day of the week but is unlikely to be set on a weekly basis. There is no expectation for PE homework to be set.
Should a pupil know they are unable to complete homework for a particular subject on that night, they can organise their time to address this on another night to ensure that they meet deadline expectations. Unless agreed with the pupil first, homework will not be set for the next day.
Each homework set should take approximately 20-50 minutes. Pupils should expect to receive no more than 7 hours homework per week (1 hour per day across the full week), but typically we would expect approximately 3-6 hours per week, increasing as pupils progress through Key Stage 3.
The LRC runs Homework Club every night of the week. Each day there will be one staff member from the subject of the day to offer specialist support.
The Show My Homework website will be used by staff, in addition to the planners, to ensure homework details and resources are easily accessible to pupils and parents. The pupils will receive login details, in order to make the website bespoke to them. However, a log in is not required to search for homework and access details and resources. The website is also optimised for smartphone access. Should pupils have problems with the site, including login details, they can visit Mrs K Daniels in the LRC.
Mrs Gemma Powell