Homework & Revision
Revision - Your Guide to Success in GCSE Exams
Bound copies of the LEA Revision Guide are available throughout the Academy. Speak to your coach or contact Student Reception for more details.
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A Pathway to Full Potential
Homework is a crucial element of study and is an integral part of a child's education. There has been a great amount of research conducted in recent years showing the positive impact completing high quality homework can have on a child's academic achievement.
During the past decade, according to Gill and Schlossman (1996); "leading educational spokespersons have celebrated homework as essential to raise educational standards, foster high academic achievement, upgrade the quality of the labour force, and link family and school in a common teaching mission".
On average, the impact of homework on learning is consistently positive (leading on average to five months' additional progress). However, beneath this average there is a wide variation in potential impact, suggesting that how homework is set is likely to be very important.
To ensure our homework policy is highly purposeful for students we have considered the guidance provided by the Education Endowment Foundation to make sure:
1. Planned and focused activities are set which link with what is being learned in class.
2. Homework will not be used as a punishment
3. A variety of tasks with different levels of challenge will be set to show personalisation.
4. Specific and timely feedback will be given on homework.
5. The purpose of homework must be made clear to children (e.g. to increase a specific area of knowledge, or fluency in a particular area).
Sasha Lakuzova, a Year 11 student leader, commented: “Completion of homework is extremely important as it shows the level of commitment you have to your studies. The best homework we have set is in History, as we have a choice in relation to what we need to complete and the teacher provides us with model examples of how to present our work. This is extremely helpful as it shows us what we need to aspire towards and sets our standards high."
Mrs Carrie the assistant principal Teaching, Learning and Assessment adds: “Homework is vital to achieving academic excellence as to master a skill can take 10,000 hours of practice. Essentially we want all our pupils to become masters of the subjects they study and learning beyond the classroom and at home is a key part of our drive for improvement."
This week students will be attending assemblies where our expectations in relation to homework will be re-established and a letter will also be sent home to inform parents of this. Parental support is crucial to making sure homework is completed on time and to a high standard. Please read below our top tips for parents/carers as to how you can support your child with successful completion of homework:
•Check your child’s planner on a weekly basis to see if they have homework set
•Create a quiet space in the home where they can sit and complete their homework
•Encourage your child to complete all homework set
•Discuss homework set and what the requirements are for successful completion