As part of our ongoing commitment to providing our students with the very best learning experiences, we set high-quality and meaningful homework tasks each week for them to complete. All of our approach to teaching at the Academy is shaped by the best possible evidence about how students learn best. 

Research shows that students benefit academically when they engage in completing homework in a sustained and successful manner: 

  • Recapping learning from their lessons;
  • Increasing the likelihood of embedding knowledge in their long-term memory; 
  • Applying their learning to extended practice; 
  • And affording the opportunity to research and explore topics which complement and build upon their classroom-based learning

In addition, the completion of homework helps students develop their skills as inquisitive, organised and disciplined thinkers.

A Google Classroom page that mirrors all of our students’ actual classrooms gives them remote access to resources so they can complete at-home learning tasks that will speed up their progress. Home learning tasks are set as an assignment, quiz assignment or quiz. Students submit their home learning tasks on Google Classroom. Students must record completion on Google Classroom however it may be assessed and monitored on Google Classroom or directly in exercise books.

Parents can monitor their child’s engagement with their homework through the Google Guardian application.

Home learning is always directly relevant to the topics being covered in class. It may be:

  • practice of newly acquired skills;
  • learning (facts in many subjects; new words in languages);
  • finding our new information and encourage research techniques;
  • reading in most subjects;
  • creative and descriptive writing (e.g. English);
  • writing about practical work done in class (e.g. Science, Technology);
  • a practical task;
  • completing work started in class

The frequency and length of homework tasks vary according to the Key Stage a student is in:

Approximately eight pieces of homework will be set per week.

  • KS3 Subjects with one lesson a week will set one homework fortnightly (RE, Geography, History, Art, Music, Drama, Technology and P.E)
  • KS3 Subjects with two lessons a week will set one homework weekly (MFL)
  • KS3 Subjects with three or more lessons a week will set two pieces of homework weekly (Maths, English and Science)

The amount of time required for each homework will be 30 minutes meaning KS3 students should spend between 3-4 hours per week on homework. Knowledge organisers can be used to support home learning and revision.

In Year 10 and 11 in all subjects students will complete one piece of homework per week.

The amount of time required for each homework will be 60 minutes meaning KS4 students should spend between 8-10 hours per week. This can be split into two different parts. For example, one piece could be an extended writing task, the other part could be to complete a retrieval quiz. GCSE pod and knowledge organisers can be used to support home learning and revision.

There should be approximately 5 hours directed homework per subject per week.

Individual private study is also heavily encouraged, and it is recommended that students do at least 4 hours of private study per subject each week.

Should you have any further questions about your child’s engagement with their homework, please do contact us at info@labexley.org