Homework is not an optional extra, but an essential part of a good education." - White Paper, Excellence in Schools

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. It is important in raising student achievement.

Not all homework is done at home; in fact, for some students 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.

Homework enhances pupil learning, improves achievement and develops students' study 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.


Homework enables students to:
  • Consolidate and extend work covered in class or prepare for new learning activities
  • Access resources not available in the classroom
  • Develop research skills
  • Have an opportunity for independent work
  • Show progress and understanding
  • Provide feedback in the evaluation of teaching
  • To enhance their study skills e.g. planning, time management and self-discipline
  • To take ownership and responsibility for learning
  • Engage parental co-operation and support
  • Create channels for home school dialogue


Expectations of Homework

  Key Stage 3: English, Maths and Science – 30 minutes per week

                                All other subjects – 20 minutes per week*

  Key Stage 4: English, Maths and Science – 60 minutes per week

                                All other subjects – 40 minutes per week

  Key Stage 5:  All subjects should set 5 hours of independent work per week


o    All students will be expected to record homework within planners and staff will be required to expect from students that planners are out on desks from the starts of lessons.

*Some practical subjects like Art and Design Technology see students just once per week. In this circumstance, a twenty minute homework will be set fortnightly.