Homework

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.