Why do students receive homework?

At Outwood Academy Newbold we view homework as a learning entitlement. Homework should consist of meaningful and worthwhile tasks or projects designed to extend the learning of the student outside the classroom and to:

•extend and support classwork
•consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding
•extend and support every child’s learning
•develop the skills of an Independent Learner
•develop Deep Learners rather than Surface Learners
•allow students to gain and practise the skills and knowledge that they will be required to reproduce in assessment situations such as exams
•develop skills and attributes such as resilience and investigation as well as other qualities.
•develop abilities in time management and organisation essential in life and beneficial to students as they leave the Academy

How should homework be recorded?

Homework should be recorded in students’ planners. It should include the task that has been set and the date it is due to be handed in. Students and parents/carers can review the planner each evening to ensure that students meet each deadline for the following day.

What sort of work is set and how much should be given?

Homework should be meaningful, interesting and worthwhile. It should support development of the specific course and also qualities, skills and attributes of the Outwood Grange Academies Trust Learning Model. It might consist of:

•short tasks – such as Maths homework – might take half an hour each week
•longer projects lasting over half a term or coursework may take several hours in total.

The amount of homework set will be dependent on the subject, year group of the student and the nature of the work:

How long is given to complete the work?

Homework deadlines may vary depending on the subject, year group of the student and the nature of the work:
•short tasks may have a deadline of one week
•longer projects or coursework may have a deadline of half a term.