Here at the Manchester Creative and Media Academy, we view homework as an important part of learning. It allows students to improve and extend their skills, consolidate facts and progress in each subject. It also provides an opportunity to allow parents/carers to become more involved in their child’s learning. Students record homework in their student planner and this must be brought to the Academy every day and be on their desks during lessons. Parents/Carers will be asked to sign the student planner regularly.
This policy statement has been produced on the basis of consultation with staff. It is designed to provide a coherent framework from which departments can develop a consistent and effective approach to homework, taking into consideration students of all ages and levels of ability.
At MCMA we believe homework is important in:
- reinforcing positive attitudes to learning
- encouraging self organisation and self discipline
- reinforcing, broadening and extending the school curriculum
- developing academy/home partnerships
- preparing students for life opportunities and experiences
- developing students’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural skills
- enabling students to investigate and become involved in the wider community
- improving students’ reading, writing, communication and mathematical skills
Homework is work that is set to be done outside the timetabled curriculum. It contains an element of independent study in that it is not usually directly supervised by a teacher. It is critical to raising student achievement. Not all homework is done at home; in fact, for some students 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 student learning, improves achievement and develops students’ independent learning skills and as such is an integral part of the curriculum. It requires careful planning and integration into the scheme of work of each curriculum area.
The purposes of homework
- To encourage students to develop the practice of independent study.
- To develop perseverance and self-discipline; to develop in students a sense of responsibility for, and commitment to, their own learning.
- To encourage students to have positive attitudes to learning; to become active learners who seek to improve their work and deepen their understanding.
- To involve parents in the educational process and provide an insight into the work of the student.
- To enable students to learn through the practice of skills acquired in the classroom.
- To reinforce classwork and consolidate learning.
- To permit more rapid progress to be made by each individual; to promote quiet reflection on the work covered in the lesson.
- To enable class work to concentrate on those activities requiring the teacher’s presence.
- To encourage students to investigate topics of study in depth, particularly through the use of effective follow-up questions.
- To open up areas of study and to make possible the use of materials and sources available outside the classroom.
- To encourage students to enjoy the skills, concepts and experiences related to each subject.
- To encourage students to talk, discuss and research using the rich variety of resources which our community can provide.
High quality homework and a good work ethos should be recognised inside and outside of the classroom. Where appropriate, homework should be included in display work.
As a further incentive there are numerous individual and form rewards - these include:
- Achievement points
- Homework of the week - displayed on the school blog
- A pass to skip the lunch que
- Postcards home
- Pizza evening
Principles underlying homework policy & practice
- Homework should be carefully planned and be an integral part of classwork / coursework
- Homework should promote opportunities for consolidation and extension
- Homework should be differentiated to meet the needs of individual students
- Students should be adequately prepared for the completion of tasks set
- Homework should be issued to all year groups, in all subjects and to all students; by doing so, we show our high expectations of all students
- Homework should be issued in appropriate quantities and completion dates should be both clear and reasonable
- The expectation of the length or type of homework will depend on: the curriculum time for each subject; the nature of the work; the ability of the student, and the particular year group
The role of the student is to:
- listen to homework instructions in class.
- copy down instructions for the task and deadline date into the planner.
- meet the expectation of staff that homework is completed and handed in to meet the deadline.
- attempt all work and give their best.
- make use of the support available to them.
- inform the class teacher of any difficulties before the lesson where it is due in.
- use their student council representative to provide constructive feedback.
The role of the teacher is to:
- set homework according to the timetable.
- provide the stimulus.
- give full and comprehensive instructions.
- set deadlines for completed work and ensure that they are met.
- upload all homework onto Google Classroom
- mark and return all homework
- provide help and support.
- inform the HOD & Academic mentoring team (& Tutor and Head of Year if appropriate) when problems arise.
- take into consideration the needs, age range and abilities of students when planning and setting homework tasks
- differentiate to ensure all students can record access & complete tasks
- provide stretch and challenge for our more able learners (see below)
- maintain accurate records of completion and non-completion of homework
- record missing or incomplete homework and the task clearly onto SIMS on the day of the missed deadline as an H1
Make sure homework:
- is a planned element of class work
- takes into account the ability range and the variation in resources available to students
- tasks are varied, challenging and interesting
The role of the Parents/Carers
Parents/carers should appreciate that homework is an important activity and that they have a key role to play in ensuring that homework will be completed to the best of their child’s ability. The role of the parent/carer is crucial if a child is to gain success from homework. Parents can reinforce its value through positive feedback which will give students the confidence to persevere, work hard and reach high standards of achievement.
Parents should assist by:
- providing a quiet place to work
- checking the time spent on individual tasks
- checking presentation and content of all homework being returned to school
- signing their child’s planner each week
- providing the school with information about any problems through the homework planner or by contacting the school directly through the Academic Mentoring team
- ensuring their child attends homework hub
- supporting their child and the academy by ensuring their child attends H2 formal homework detention should this be necessary
- signing and checking their child’s homework report
- making sure their child brings a bag to school so that work can be transported from school and back safely
Reporting to parents
Reports at every stage will show the number of missed homeworks (H1s) accrued to that point in the academic year alongside attendance, achievement and behaviour figures. Through the annual full report to parents, teachers should be encouraged to provide a written comment on the quality and consistency of homework throughout the year although there will be a multiple choice for each subject teacher to choose to report on to parents.
The academy will dedicate classrooms to homework hub, at lunchtimes and at the end of the day for students from all year groups to complete homework; it will be supervised by academic mentors who are able to support students across the range of subjects in the academy. It will be resourced with online access, printing access and other materials to support students who may not have access to such materials at home.