The Ridgeway School & Sixth Form College believes that:
- Homework reinforces and further develops students’ learning and enables them to make connections between lessons.
- Homework develops the skills, confidence and motivation needed to succeed as an independent learner and to prepare for summative assessments.
Whole school procedures
- Homework may take a variety of formats from short tasks to longer, extended work and may address a variety of learning skills.
- In order to support teachers to set relevant home learning there is no ‘specific’ day on which it must be set. There is however a guide for staff, students and parents with regards the indicative expectations for the amount set.
- Year 7-9
- English/ Maths /Science Minimum of one homework per week
- All other subjects Minimum of one homework per fortnight
- Year 10 & 11
- English/ Maths /Science Minimum of two homework tasks per week
- Option subjects Minimum of one homework per week
- Sixth Form
- Homework should reflect the equivalent number of curriculum hours (eg 4 hrs lessons = 4 hrs Hwk)
- Students can typically expect the following amount of homework:
- Year 7 – 30 minutes – 1 hour per night
- Year 8-9 – 1 hour – 1½ hours per night
- Year 10-11 – 1½ hours – 2 hours per night
- Year 12-13 – 3 hours+ per night
- All Homework will be published on Go4Schools. Go4Schools is a parent and student portal that provides many features including an onscreen homework calendar which tracks and monitors set homework. Staff, students and parents are able to view published homework by simply clicking on the ‘Go4Schools’ link on the Schools website (http://www.ridgewayschool.com/homework/). For those pupils who do not have access to a computer at home, students will be encouraged to access Go4Schools on a school computer and print the work assigned, likewise ALL students are encouraged to keep a record of all homework in their school planner/diary.
- Completion of homework will be checked by teachers, through a range of ‘in-lesson’ strategies including, though not limited by; peer marking, quizzing/knowledge testing, presentations, use of model answers for comparator/self-marking.
- Curriculum Leaders supported by Pastoral leaders are responsible for monitoring homework in accordance with whole school procedures.
Consequences for non-completion of homework
||Logged on SIMS. First warning.
||Logged on SIMS. Detention given within department.
||Logged on SIMS. Student issued with a Faculty After School Detention
||Logged on Sims. Student issued with a Saturday Morning Detention
- NB. A student receiving multiple H2’s or H3’s will be placed on progress report. If this is within one faculty it will be a faculty report, if across a number of subject areas this could be a mentor report or pastoral report.
Research around memory suggests that if knowledge is studied once and not revisited or revised, it is not stored in the long-term memory. This means that after one lesson, or revising for one test, the knowledge will not be retained unless it is studied again. It won’t be recalled unless it is revisited frequently, which will embed it in the long term memory. In the long term this makes recall far easier.
As part of home learning, students should be revising what they have been taught recently but also content they were taught previously. Therefore as part of our strategy to embed learning over time we have started to develop knowledge organisers across year groups and curriculum areas. These will provide key content and knowledge allowing students to pre-learn and re-learn, a vital part of processing all the information required to be successful in their GCSE’s.
Retrieval practice using the look-cover- write-check technique, when done in regular small chunks, is one of the best ways students can learn relevant knowledge over time. Our students will be given a knowledge organiser for every subject. These will show the exact facts, dates, events, characters, concepts and precise definitions that we need them to remember for that topic. Securing this knowledge base will allow students to develop their skills of understanding, analysis and evaluation in lessons more effectively.
Additionally parents can support their son/daughter with this homework method by practice quizzing key facts, dates and definitions.