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Primary School

Homework in the Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and 2 is given at the discretion of the class teacher and is used as a reinforcement exercise to help your child consolidate what he or she has been taught. Listening to your child read on a daily basis is the basic component of homework at this stage.

In Years 3 to 6 your child will be issued with a homework diary. Pupils use this to write down homework assignments and when work is to be handed in. This diary should be signed by parents each week. It gives a clear indication of what your child is being asked to do. If the homework diary is consistently empty, you need to investigate! Setting consistent guidelines early on, as to where and under what conditions homework is to be done, prevents a lot of conflict. Most young children do not have the inbuilt ability to study on their own, so “go to your room and don't come out until you've finished” rarely works! However, the following tips are tried and tested:

  • Do provide a quiet, well-lit area which you can monitor.
  • Do not allow homework to be done to the accompaniment of mp3 players, game consoles, TVs, etc.
  • Do ask your child to read back or comment on what homework they have been doing - everyone likes an audience.
  • Do be consistent about checking that homework has been completed.

As a rough guide, here is the amount of time per day that you should reasonably expect your child to spend on homework:

Year 2    15 - 20 minutes

Year 3    20 - 30 minutes

Year 4    30 - 40 minutes

Year 5    45 minutes - 1 hour

Year 6    1 - 1/2 hours


Secondary School

It’s fair to say that homework is not a part of the pupil’s School life which is greeted with universal enthusiasm. Nevertheless, from the School’s point of view, it is an essential part of our scheme of work and it plays a very significant role in the educational development of all pupils.

Homework is set regularly, marked or monitored as appropriate, and we aim to set an amount which should be realistically challenging for all pupils. Inevitably, some pupils will complete their set work more quickly than others and will, on occasions, have time to spare. If this is the case, we encourage pupils to use the extra time for School related activity, such as reading or revising. Be very skeptical if your son or daughter tells you they have no homework. This should never be the case!

The nature of the task set will, of course, vary significantly depending on the age of the pupil, and the demands of the topic. Assignments should normally occupy a single homework allocation and will usually be collected in at the next lesson.

Some projects and course-work may be set over a longer period, covering several homework slots. Your son or daughter will begin to learn skills of time management and will need to keep a careful record in their homework diary to make sure they use their time wisely.

We hope you will take an interest in your son or daughter’s homework. The homework diary is intended to serve as a channel of communication between School and home. We ask that you check the planner each week; and sign the appropriate space. Please feel free to use it as a means of getting in touch with a member of the teaching staff or the tutor.

As a rough guide, here is the amount of time per day that you should reasonably expect your child to spend on homework:

Year 7   Two 30-minute homeworks per night, five nights a week with one extra Reading Project homework each weekend.

Year 8   Two or three 30-minute homeworks per night with some extra at weekends.

Year 9   Three 30-minute homeworks per night with some extra at weekends.

Year 10 & 11   Three 40-minute homeworks per night, with one extra homework on Fridays and set work for the weekends.

Year 12 & 13   Pupils should expect to be spending about 4 hours per week on each of their AS level subjects in year 12 and 5 hours on each A2 in year 13.




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