• SMSJ95


SMSJ believes that homework is an integral part of teaching and learning, for pupils to consolidate knowledge as well as to learn and practice new skills. Above all it is a vital part of fostering and encouraging pupils to think and work independently. It is also an opportunity for school and the home to work together to help all students to fulfil their potential.

These guidelines outline our expectations of pupils, teachers and support of parents and offers practical guidance to parents.

Not all homework is done at home; in fact, for some pupils who find it hard to work at home, or for some tasks which may require resources (books, software, equipment) more readily available at school, it is necessary or desirable to carry out the task at school.

Homework enhances pupil learning, improves achievement and develops pupils' study skills and as such is an integral part of the curriculum.

Homework aims to:

  • develop the skills of effective study e.g. self-motivation, planning, time management and self discipline
  • develop skills necessary to be able to work alone and for independent learning
  • consolidate and extend prior learning as well as to prepare for future learning
  • enable pupils to engage in and to enjoy challenging, thought-provoking work
  • enable pupils to undertake focused research by reading, reflecting and referencing properly and to develop an enjoyment of reading
  • access resources not available in the classroom including the library, internet and media
  • develop research skills
  • show progress and understanding so that teachers can tailor future learning accordingly 
  • enable pupils to take ownership and responsibility for learning through organising and presenting work that is in line with the student’s ability and potential
  • engage parental co-operation and support by creating channels for home school dialogue.

What type of homework will be set?

A wide range of homework activities will be set. The nature of these depends upon the specific subject as well as the needs of the group being taught. 

Not all homework tasks need to be formally written up.  Homework can be:

  • reading
  • research
  • revision
  • observation and recording
  • interviews
  • drawing/painting/making or design work
  • using ICT
  • dictionary and vocabulary work
  • preparing presentations
  • problem solving activities
  • group rehearsal, composition and devising
  • consolidation of work in class
  • practice - learning by doing
  • completion of course work assignments
  • recording

Homework support will be provided at school in homework support club.  Pupils are expected to record their homework in their pupil planners and these should be signed weekly by a parent/carer.  Pastoral & Academic Mentors will check pupil planners weekly to ensure that this home-school contact is maintained.

There are consequences for missed homework and these are explained to pupils clearly. Pupils have to take responsibility for their own learning. Missed homework will be treated seriously, incurring detentions.  Pupils are advised to speak to their teacher in advance if a homework is proving difficult or if there is a reason for it not being done. 

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