Here at Co-op Academy North Manchester, we view homework as an important part of learning. It allows our pupils to improve and extend their skills, consolidate facts, develop a love of learning and progress in each subject.
It also provides an opportunity to allow parents/carers to become more involved in their child’s learning. Pupils record homework in their pupil planner and this must be brought to the Academy every day and be on their desks during lessons. Parents/Carers will be asked to sign the pupil planner regularly.
Why do we believe that homework is important?
- reinforcing positive attitudes to learning
- encouraging self organisation and self discipline
- reinforcing, broadening and extending the school curriculum
- developing academy/home partnerships
- preparing students for life opportunities and experiences
- developing students’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural skills
- enabling students to investigate and become involved in the wider community
- improving students’ reading, writing, communication and mathematical skills
What support is there for homework?
Homework is work that is set to be done outside the timetabled curriculum. It contains an element of independent study in that it is not usually directly supervised by a teacher and it is critical to raising pupil achievement. Not all homework is done at home; in fact, for some pupils who find it hard to work at home, or for some tasks which may require resources (books, software, equipment) more readily available at school, it is necessary or desirable to carry out the task at school.
In order to support pupils who need to complete their homework at school, the academy has a ‘homework hub’ which is open before school, at lunchtime and after school. This provision has relevant textbooks, access to computers and other resources and provides a quiet and focused work space for our pupils.
Homework enhances pupil learning, improves achievement and develops pupils’ independent learning skills and as such is an integral part of the curriculum. It requires careful planning and integration into the scheme of work of each curriculum area.
What is the purposes of homework
- To encourage pupils to develop the practice of independent study.
- To develop perseverance and self-discipline; to develop in students a sense of responsibility for, and commitment to, their own learning.
- To encourage pupils to have positive attitudes to learning; to become active learners who seek to improve their work and deepen their understanding.
- To involve parents/carers in the educational process and provide an insight into the work of the pupils .
- To enable pupils to learn through the practice of skills acquired in the classroom.
- To reinforce classwork and consolidate learning.
- To permit more rapid progress to be made by each individual; to promote quiet reflection on the work covered in the lesson.
- To enable class work to concentrate on those activities requiring the teacher’s presence.
- To encourage students to investigate topics of study in depth, particularly through the use of effective follow-up questions.
- To open up areas of study and to make possible the use of materials and sources available outside the classroom.
- To encourage students to enjoy the skills, concepts and experiences related to each subject.
- To encourage students to talk, discuss and research using the rich variety of resources which our community can provide.
Are there Incentives or Rewards associated with homework?
High quality homework and a good work ethos should be recognised inside and outside of the classroom. Where appropriate, homework should be included in display work.
As a further incentive there are numerous individual and form rewards – these include:
- Achievement points
- Homework of the week – displayed on the school blog
- A pass to skip the lunch que
- Postcards home
- Raffle Prizes
- Other termly prizes
What do we ask of in terms of homework?
All our homework is posted onto Google Classroom and pupils must also write this into their planner. We encourage our pupils to talk about their homework at home and to ask their teacher for any help that they may require. We also require our pupils to submit their homework on time and to the best of their ability.
We encourage our parents/carers to take an interest in their child’s homework and to check that they are completing this. They should sign the planner to indicate that they are aware that their child has completed their homework and submitted this. If their child is struggling with any aspect of homework, be it the subject content or the organisation of it, then we ask that parents/carers encourage their child to speak to their head of year or associate head of year. We also ask that they encourage them to attend the homework hub as necessary.
How do we report to parents/carers about homework?
Reports at every stage will show the number of missed homeworks (H1s) accrued to that point in the academic year alongside attendance, achievement and behaviour figures. Through the annual full report to parents/carers, teachers should be encouraged to provide a written comment on the quality and consistency of homework throughout the year.