At Holy Trinity we want our pupils to strive to be the best that they can be. As part of our curriculum we want to develop our pupils to be resilient, responsible, resourceful, reflective and always ready to learn. Developing confident, creative and independent young people that will be ready to compete in the modern world, is a key facet behind what we do.
Homework will focus on developing a thirst and love for learning beyond the classroom, whilst also developing independent learners.
Homework should make a valuable contribution to the education and development of children. The purpose of homework at Holy Trinity is to ultimately, raise the standard of achievement. It will provide opportunities for students to work independently and to take responsibility for organising their work, building on the school wide progress made in using Microsoft Teams (and other online platforms) during the Covid 19 pandemic. It will help students recognise the link between good study habits and higher standards of achievement with the aim of developing good study habits for future destinations.
Homework can be used to ensure that students have understood class work; consolidating or extending work covered in school. In some cases it may be used to prepare for future lessons.
It will also allow more extensive coverage of the curriculum, through integrated planning of class work and homework while also helping parents understand what their children are learning in school and to encourage them to participate in that learning.
Each faculty is responsible for adhering to the whole school Homework Policy and practice. Teachers should:
- In subjects with 3+ hours per week, set one piece of homework weekly. In lessons taught less frequently, either every two or three weeks at the discretion of the Head of Faculty
- Plan homework as an integral part of the curriculum. Homework should be referred to and relevant within the lesson it is due for completion.
- Set homework online via Microsoft Teams (or other online platforms such as Mathswatch)
- Set tasks that can be completed within the allocated time and that are as far as possible matched to the abilities of students in the group. Learning tasks that then feed into low stakes testing in class are also recommended as effective homework.
- Position the setting of homework so that it is set within the context of the topic being studied or as a review of previous topics covered.
- Ensure that homework is monitored.
- Make sure that students understand what the homework is and that they record it correctly in their diaries, at the end of the lesson.
- Give a reasonable time for its completion (normally 3-5 days).
Lack of homework is recorded as a H0 on Bromcom for parents to monitor through ‘My child at school’ and after each data capture, letters will be sent home to the parents of pupils who are persistently failing to complete homework.