Homework / Extended Opportunities for Learning

We provide lots of opportunities for our students to consolidate, enrich and extend their learning. Our students receive logins to access and work through some excellent on-line learning programmes like Hegarty Maths, Accelerated Reader, EDUCAKE and many more.

Our students are encouraged to make use of our fantastic Learning Resource Centre that is well stocked with books and can provide a quiet space to work in after school or at lunch time. Extended learning and “homework” are not simply viewed as an out of school activity because everyone’s home is different and it may not always be easy to find at quiet work space at home.

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 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.