Why do we set homework?

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 practice the skills and knowledge that they will be required to reproduce in assessment situations such as exams
  • develop abilities in time management and organisation essential in life and beneficial to students as they leave the Academy and progress to university or enter the workforce

Homework at Outwood Academy City includes learning activities undertaken during enrichment time which impacts positively on all student outcomes.

How and where should homework be recorded?

Homework should be recorded in the student planner. It should be recorded when the homework/coursework is due in. This is so management of time can be planned. Note on the deadline date that there is homework/coursework due in. This will enable both students and parents/carers to review the planner each evening to ensure that students meet each deadline for the following day.

What sort of work is set?

Homework should be meaningful, interesting and worthwhile. It should support development of the specific course and also qualities, skills and attributes. It might consist of:

  • short tasks
  • longer projects or coursework.

How much homework is set?

It is expected that each student will be given one piece of homework each week, from each subject area as a minimum. This may vary depending on the subject and year group of the student.

How long will students get to complete the work?

Homework deadlines may vary depending on the subject, year group of the student and the nature of the work.