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Homework

Effective home learning in secondary schools can lead to an additional 5 months of attainment progress over a year (EEF). Therefore, teachers at TSC are committed to setting purposeful, meaningful and high quality homework activities for students. The aim is to ensure that students ‘between lessons’ time is used as constructively as possible.

Students receive two types of homework at TSC, Mode-A and Mode-B.

Mode-A homework

This accounts for most of the homework that students receive. Students will be required to;

  • Embed 
    Consolidate learning that has taken place during lessons, e.g. revision, summaries of notes
  • Apply 
    Use learning from lessons to complete a specific assessment task, e.g. writing a practice exam question, short recall questions. 
  • Practice 
    Refine knowledge, skills and procedures learnt during lessons based on specific feedback tasks.  
  • Prepare
    Prepare for new learning by reading or note-taking

Mode-A Homework at KS3

Number of homework’s

Duration of each piece of homework

English / Maths / Science / RE

Up to 2 per week

15-30 mins

All other subjects with more than one lesson per week

At least 1 per week

15-30 mins

All other subjects with only one lesson per week

At least 1 every other week

15-30 mins

 

Mode-A Homework at KS4 and KS5

Number of homework’s

Duration of each piece of homework

English / Maths

Up to 2 per week

30-45 mins

All other subjects

*Bio/Chem/Physics treated as separate

At least 1 per week

30-45 mins

 

Mode-B homework

Mode-B Homework at KS3, KS4, KS5

Number of homework’s

Duration of each piece of homework

All subjects

1 per half term

60 mins +

 

  • Extend 
    Move learning beyond what has been achieved during lessons with stretch and challenge activities, e.g. adding breadth to existing knowledge through guided research/tasks , open-ended projects, creative product-making

 

 

The following guidelines apply to homework being set by teachers;

  • At least 2 days will be left between setting and submission. IE, homework set on a Monday should not be submitted until Thursday at the earliest.
  • All homework will be logged on Show My Homework on the day it is set.
  • All homework will be marked. In many cases, teachers will provide a system whereby students can check their own answers. This is likely to involve the use of individual class Google Classrooms for completing tasks, submitting work, self-marking and receiving automated feedback. There will also exist regular occasions when students are provided with specific, timely and task specific feedback. We encourage teachers to use whole class feedback systems.

Re-introducing homework in response to COVID-19

The following table details how and when homework is going to be re-introduced to students.

Year group

Date homework
commences being set

For which subjects?

What about other subjects?

Year 11

W/C 14th September

All subjects

N/A

Year 10

W/C 21st September

All subjects

N/A

Year 9

W/C 21st September

All subjects

N/A

Year 8

W/C 28th September

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • RE

W/C 4th January

Year 7

W/C 28th September

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • RE

W/C 4th January