School and homework show students the important life lessons, such as how to read and communicate with others, that they will use as an adult. Homework also teaches students how to problem solve, think independently, and build an understanding and interest for the issues in our society.

Homework refers to tasks given to pupils by their teachers to be completed outside of usual lessons. Common homework activities may be reading or preparing for work to be done in class, or practising and completing tasks or activities already taught or started in lessons, but it may include more extended activities to develop inquiry skills or more directed and focused work such as revision for exams.

10 Benefits of Homework

  1. Homework teaches students about time management.
  2. Homework teaches students how to set priorities.
  3. Homework helps teachers determine how well the lessons and material are being understood by their students.
  4. Homework teaches students how to problem solve.
  5. Homework gives students another opportunity to review the class material.
  6. Homework gives parents a chance to see what their child is learning in school.
  7. Homework teaches students that they have to do things, even when they don’t want to.
  8. Homework teaches students how to take responsibility for their part in the educational process.
  9. Homework teaches students how to work independently.
  10. Homework teaches students the importance of planning, staying organised and taking action.

"On average, the impact of homework on learning is consistently positive (leading to on average five months' additional progress). "  (Educational Endowment Foundation Toolkit)

Homework expectations

Every student at St Catherine’s should expect to receive 2 or 3 pieces of Home Learning each day. They type of Home Learning will be dependent on the subject and curriculum at the time. We expect Home Learning to take progressively longer as students move through the school and so in Year 7 a piece of Home Learning may take 20 - 30 minutes and by Year 10 and 11 between 45 minutes to an hour. This of course will vary depending on the nature of the work and the demands of the curriculum at the time.  Work contributing to end of unit assessments at KS3 or Controlled Assessments at KS4 may take longer on occasion but equally there will be times when Home Learning will take less time.

If as a parent or carer you have any issues or concerns regarding HL then please contact your daughter’s subject teacher or Form Leader.

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Supporting Home-Learning: How you can easily provide support for your child at home

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Family involvement in children’s education has proven to have a positive impact on a student’s school life. In Britain, studies have identified that students who are regularly supported by their parents, perform significantly better in class exercises, exams and become more confident with their independent learning.

We’ve come up with a few simple ways in which you can help to support your child’s learning at home, to ensure that they are performing to the best of their ability.

  • Set up a study space Studying at home has always been a problem for children. With the overwhelming temptations of playing video games, watching TV and socialising with friends on social media after school hours, it’s natural for procrastination to happen. However, providing your children with a productive study environment at home will help students with their homework needs. This study space should, if possible, be a quiet place in your home away from distractions and have everything your child needs to complete the task at hand - papers, notepads and laptop if necessary. Having this space will help to eliminate distractions and increase your child’s engagement with their homework tasks. By taking away the little distracting things, these study spaces can help your child to complete homework to their highest standard.
  • Provide support There is a fine line between helping your child with their homework and doing it for them. The goal for parental involvement is to support your child when they need help and build their confidence when answering questions and solving problems. When supporting your child, it is important to regularly communicate with them and ask questions to ensure they understand the exercise and the thought process behind their answer. Showing a continuous interest, will encourage your child to work harder, and attempt to independently tackle these homework tasks in the future. With the right guidance and support, parental involvement can empower students to reach their full potential in education and future careers. It is also important to consider when it is time for self-directed learning. This mode of study encourages children to challenge themselves, solving homework tasks on their own and working autonomously. With the balance between providing support and independent learning, students will be prepared for life outside of school.
  • Providing your child with the tools to complete work successfully at home will contribute to their overall school experience and help to ensure they are working to the best of their capabilities. Being actively involved in your child’s school life can help to improve your child’s academic progression, especially when this is executed consistently.