Why does the school expect pupils to spend time at home on school work?

There are a number of very good reasons:

  • Homework teaches children to work on their own – to be independent and to organise themselves.
  • Homework allows pupils to prepare so that they are ready to understand the next lesson more easily.
  • Homework allows pupils to practice and use what has been explained or learnt in the classroom, so they can become more skilful.
  • Homework helps the teacher to know what the pupils have understood so that if necessary the topic may be revised.
  • Homework gives the teacher time to concentrate in class on anything that needs special abilities.
  • Homework is an opportunity for parents to be directly involved with their child’s education.

Parents have an important role in homework.

Homework is set by each department in accordance with the needs of the syllabus and the development of the child. This will naturally take forms such as reading, writing, drawing, learning, television and project work.

Normally, a pupil will have homework for at least two or three subjects per night and the length of time needed to complete homework will increase from Year 7 to Year 13. Tests will be set in plenty of time, so that pupils may organise their work in an orderly fashion.

If there is a genuine reason why a homework task could not be completed, please provide a note to the subject teacher. Concern about too much (or too little) homework should be expressed to the school. Work will be set in plenty of time so that children can organise their work in such a way that they do not have too much on any single night.