Homework is an important aspect of learning. It allows the information, presented in lessons, to become embedded. Completing homework has been shown to improve progress, on average, by 5 months. Homework allows students to consolidate their learning, extend understanding and develops good learning habits.
In order to aid the completion of homework, and to ensure that parents and students have full access to all the necessary information, regarding the homework set, we use a website called “Show My Homework”. When a piece of homework is set, teachers are expected to add the task (and any additional resources), to Show My Homework.
This website also allows students to manage their time via the use of a “Homework Calendar” and “To Do List”. In addition to Show My Homework, students are given a handbook, in which they can write a brief note as to what the homework task is, however the expectation is that Show My Homework is used daily to manage this aspect of school life.
Parents and students are issued with log in details for Show My Homework, which allows access, only for the homework set for that individual. All homework tasks can however be accessed, without using a log in, by applying filters to the whole school homework calendar on Show My Homework. Show My Homework can be accessed via the school website or directly at www.thekingedmund.showmyhomework.co.uk. Alternatively parents (and students) can download the Show My Homework App.
Students are also issued with a homework timetable, which can be used to help students to manage their time, and plan when they will complete each homework task. A copy of the current homework timetables are available to view and download below.
The best place to complete homework is in a quiet study area, without distraction, this may be in the school library, in a bedroom, at the kitchen table or in the public library. They may also attend the after school homework club that runs Monday to Thursday, from 2.10pm to 3.30pm, in D3, for help with homework.
Students are expected to carry out between 60 minutes a night in Year 7 to anything up to 2 hours 15 minutes [a night] in Year 11. Students in Years 12 and 13 are expected to complete a minimum of 5 hours homework per week, in each subject (which may include up to 3 hours of reading and research).
If a parent has a concern with any homework set, or would like additional advice as to how to support their child in the completion of homework, please do not hesitate to contact the school.