Salesian School

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Homework Policy

IMG_3349_180.jpgIt is widely recognised that homework can make an important contribution to pupils’ progress. At Salesian School it is felt that work completed at home is an essential part of school work. When homework is used properly, it extends the challenge open to the pupils and ensures that teaching time is used to maximum effect. It also prepares students gradually for the more independent demands of study as they mature.

We set homework for the following reasons:

  • It encourages pupils to develop the skills, confidence and motivation needed to study effectively on their own. This is vital given the importance of lifelong learning skills and adaptability.
  • It consolidates and reinforces skills and understandings developed at school.
  • It extends school learning (for example, through additional reading).
  • It sustains the involvement of parents in the management of pupils’ learning and keeps them in touch with what is happening in the classroom.
  • It helps pupils manage particular demands, such as GCSE coursework.

Homework is for:

  • independent learning
  • self-discipline
  • consolidation
  • research
  • practice
  • learning by doing
  • pupil/parent/teacher partnership
  • completion of coursework assignments
  • work not suited to the classroom situation

The Amount of Homework:

The intrinsic value of homework activities is far more important than the precise time devoted to them. It is felt useful, however, to give an indication of broad expectations of how much time should be spent on homework. This acts as a framework for pupils and staff to work within and provides a guide to parents.

At Salesian School it is expected that pupils should generally spend the following amount of time on homework each evening:

Years 7-8 45-90 mins per day
Year 9  1-2 hours per day
Years 10-11 1.5-2.5 hours per day
Years 12-13            2-3 hours per day*

*  In the Sixth form we expect students will complete around five hours of independent study (including homework) per subject per week in Year 12, rising to eight in Year 13.

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