Homework at Alde Valley Academy is a critical element in ensuring all students make the expected progress and is intended to supplement classwork and consolidate learning. In addition, it is used to assess understanding while allowing skills to be developed and practised appropriate to the subject concerned. Equally, homework should develop a student’s personal responsibility, independent learning and organisational skills. Homework and projects will consist of a range of different activities. At times a homework may involve reading and responding to a set text, this may require limited student writing, however we would look to parents, carers and guardians to encourage the reading element of this homework to ensure that students give the task sufficient time and attention.
In Years 7, 8 and 9 homework will follow two formats. Weekly/fortnightly homework will be set in English, Mathematics and Science. This homework will vary in purpose and format as appropriate. It may often be short term and reflect the learning in the corresponding lessons. At other times it may be set in a similar way to other subjects with a project approach. Students will be given a minimum of two evenings before the deadline of a set homework. All other subjects may have scheduled project based home learning.
Each curriculum area may set their own project and homework assignments with a range of different approaches and tasks. These homework tasks will be differentiated as appropriate and will give students the opportunity to work at a range of levels. Tasks will also be structured to enable students to challenge themselves as part of the drive to encourage personal responsibility and independent learning. Homework should also enable students to undertake tasks using a range of different learning styles and outcomes. Once initially set, staff will check students’ progress regularly during the half term and provide support as appropriate. This approach will give students greater flexibility with regard to how they complete and present their homework. In addition, this style of homework will help students become more independent and personally responsible learners and allow them to show their creativity.
Students are required to record much homework in their planner. This will be checked weekly by both Parents, Carers and Guardians, as well as by the Form Tutor as part of the planner signing process. Sanctions may be applied if homework progress is not reported in the school planner or if the final deadline is not met.
In addition to the projects or weekly allocations, students will be expected to reflect on work that has been marked and assessed by members of staff. Students must respond to EBI or NST and ‘Finish’ comments on their work as directed.
For students in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 homework again will be recorded in the planner. It may involve more flexible deadlines to match course requirements.
Parents and Carers
The role of parents and carers play in supporting the Academy is vital in making homework an effective part of the learning process. To ensure that homework supports a student’s learning, the following advice is given:
Parents and carers are requested to:
- Provide a reasonably quiet, suitable place in which their child can do their homework
- Make it clear to their child that they value homework and support the school in explaining how it can help them to make progress
- Support and encourage homework completion but not complete the work for their child
- Encourage and praise their child when homework has been completed and explain that it is their responsibility to make sure that homework is completed and is brought to school on time
- Expect deadlines to be met, check that they are, and support the school if sanctions have to be applied on those occasions when the deadlines have not been achieved
Effective revision is an important component of examination success for a student. The proficiency of revising effectively must be developed over a student’s time at Alde Valley Academy.
One of the purposes of internal examinations and tests is for students to explore different strategies to revise independently and establish the techniques that best suit their learning styles. As a result, at times during the year, different approaches to revision at home may be used by teachers. Revision materials may be supplied by curriculum areas; online resources may be provided or ‘normal’ homework tasks may be suspended with the expectation that students will utilise the resulting time to undertake their own revision of previously covered teaching materials.
WWW: What Went Well (Positive feedback on the piece of work)
EBI: Even Better If (How the specific piece of work that has been completed could be improved)
NST: Next Step Task (What needs to be done now the piece of work is complete)