The aim of the homework policy is to promote learning at home as an essential part of good education. Homework not only reinforces classroom learning, it also helps pupils to develop skills and attitudes needed for successful lifelong learning. It supports the development of independent learning skills, including the habits of enquiry and investigation.
Andrew Marvell College believes that homework plays an essential role in the curriculum and should be set regularly for pupils in all years.
Homework is a statutory duty of the College. Completing homework regularly will improve overall grades for all students. The time spent on homework or GCSE coursework should fall within the following ranges:
Years 7 & 8 - 30 minutes per day
Year 9 - 45 minutes per day
Years 10 & 11 - 1-1.5 hours per day
A homework timetable will be issued to all students at the beginning of the year and included in the student planner. Students will be expected to record any homework set in their planner on a daily basis. We would ask that parents and carers support their children and the college by checking the planners regularly and ensuring that all homework is completed on time.
Types of Homework
This list is a representation of what could be assigned:
- Reinforcement of class work
- Research topics and investigations
- Preparation for class work
- Reviewing, redrafting or summarising a piece of work
- Personal and social development activities
- Preparation for a presentation
- Learning vocabulary, concepts and key words
- Revision for tests/exams
Purpose of Homework
To provide students with practice in aspects of the curriculum by:
- Consolidating and reinforcing skills and understanding.
- Extending school learning, for example through additional reading.
- Enabling students to devote time to particular demands, such as GCSE coursework, BTEC Assignments or project work.
To encourage students to develop the confidence and self-discipline to work on their own and to become independent learners (an essential skill for adult life).
To encourage pupils to manage their time.
To foster a partnership between home and AMC by providing parents and carers with an opportunity to share in their child’s learning.
To enable parents and carers to be involved and informed about the type of work being undertaken in lessons.