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Copleston High School

Copleston High School Homework Policy

Why is homework set?

Homework is a valuable supplement to the learning experience of all students in the school.  It has a number of different purposes:

  • To develop independent learning skills e.g. thinking and researching
  • To prepare younger students for the demands of independent study and coursework higher up the school and beyond
  • To prepare for subsequent lessons/tests
  • To consolidate what is being learnt in lessons

Homework is most valuable when it is clearly linked to current or future learning (i.e. it is relevant).  Homework is an obligation and must be completed.

What kinds of tasks can I expect my child to be set?

There are many homework tasks that are valuable – the following are some possibilities:

  • Researching (extended projects set over a longer period of time or resource gathering in preparation for future lessons)
  • Learning (e.g. vocabulary, spellings, facts)
  • Extension tasks that deepen the learning in the lesson (set for more able students)
  • Writing assignments/drafting
  • Reading
  • Practising (e.g. presentations/newly acquired skills/examination questions)
  • Projects to supplement the learning (completed over a number of weeks)

We try to set a variety of different types and styles of task because students learn in a variety of different ways, and they find variety more interesting and motivating. 
If a set homework task requires students to use ICT to complete it, and they do not have access to a computer at home, they are encouraged to take advantage of the use of the school’s ICT facilities at lunch time or after school.

How much, and how often will homework be set?

It is impossible to specify the exact amount and frequency of the homework that will be set as teachers need to be flexible in responding to the needs of their classes.  In addition, the amount of homework set depends upon the age of the student.

  • At KS3 it is reasonable to expect students to spend 20-30 minutes on each homework task, and that homework will be set every three to four lessons of subject time.
  • At KS4 students should expect homework tasks lasting 30-45 minutes every week in each subject.
  • At KS5 students should expect homework tasks of at least three hours per subject per week, but they are also expected to supplement work in lessons and for homework with self-directed study (e.g. background research and reading around the subject).   This work may be done at home or during the student’s non-contact lessons. 

How is homework set?

All students at Copleston are provided with a homework diary which they should use to record homework.  It is the responsibility of the student to record homework in the diary.  Clear instructions will be given by the teacher including

  • Details of the task (on a separate assignment sheet if appropriate)
  • Date it is due in.  We do not generally set homework for the next lesson unless this allows a reasonable timescale for completion of the work.
  • Guide time (how long the student is expected to spend on it)
  • Success criteria
  • Whether materials are available on FROG (the VLE), and where they may be found.

How can I help at home?

Parents are asked to check homework diaries regularly and to encourage their children to complete homework tasks.  If homework cannot be completed for a good reason, we ask that parents make a note in the school diary explaining to the teacher what has happened.

If homework has not been completed, sanctions (e.g. detention) may be given.