We’ve all been there, your child is slumped on the sofa watching T.V. or upstairs playing on games and when you ask them about homework, you hear that familiar reply, “I don’t have any homework.” Well, now there is always independent study that your child can be undertaking and you can see exactly what that is by looking at the Homework Framework.
From Monday 22nd September 2014, you will be able to access an overview of your child’s homework. You just need to click on the ‘Homework’ tab under 'Parents' on the website and then click on the year group(s) of your child/ children.
With exams becoming linear (pupils take all exams at the end of the year), it is essential that learning is committed to the long-term memory through over-learning and recall. The Homework Framework has been developed to provide meaningful study that will support your child in making the best progress possible.
On the Homework Framework, you will see the areas of learning that your child is experiencing. The purpose of our Homework Framework is to ensure that your child can extend his/ her learning when not in school and deepen his/ her understanding. If a teacher wants to set a more specific homework or further personalise the homework task, the teacher will log this on SIMs. The specific homework can then be seen on your ‘My Child At School’ homepage. When a specific homework is set and appears on ‘My Child At School’, this over-rides the Homework Framework. Pupils do not have to do both sets of homework. When you do not see a specific homework on My Child At School, your child should be engaged in the tasks on the Homework Framework.
The school policy for pupils to record homework is to use the calendars on their iPads and set reminders. Teachers will check the pupils’ calendars to ensure they are recording their homework in their calendars. Pupils have been taught how to use their calendars.
In the rare cases that pupils do not complete homework, the subject-teacher will use professional judgement to decide on the next steps. We want to encourage pupils to become independent learners and deepen their knowledge in readiness for assessments, so our aim is to ensure the work is completed to the highest standard possible for that child- not to punish him/ her. Consequences for not doing homework:
- chance given to bring the work in the next day:
- lunch/ break/ after-school detention and behaviour log;
- parents/ carers contacted and behaviour log.
If the child still does not complete the work, a detention will be set with the Head of Learning Zone after-school and parents will be informed. The work will be completed in the detention. Please refer to the Homework Procedure for the next steps in the procedure.
This is a new system. It may not run smoothly at first, however, we want this to work. Please give us feedback that will help us to further improve.