Homework has many positive effects on students’ learning:
- raising achievement across all courses
- developing as lifelong independent learners
- developing study and work routines
- building positive links between school and home
This guide shows how students experience homework at Carshalton High School For Girls and how parents might best support their daughters in this aspect of their education.
What types of homework are set?
Homework at Key Stage 3 is quite unique at CHSG as it allows our students to develop as independent, resilient, young learners. Each department is responsible for planning a 5 week Independent Learning Project (ILP) that will be undertaken twice per year. The students are expected to manage their time and organisation of the projects to ensure that they represent 5 weeks’ worth of homework. This will benefit the student enormously, and we actively encourage parental participation and support in the completion of the homework. All students will be given checkpoints to submit work with clear success criteria for each project. It is intended that by undertaking research and independent study, students will be well equipped to deal with the rigours of GCSE’s.
Homework will also be set fortnightly by each other department up to a maximum of 20 minutes. This will represent shorter pieces of work designed to extend the learning that has been conducted in the classroom. This will be recorded by the student in their planner, as well as recorded on Go4Schools (School VLE) by the teacher. Paper copies will be available for those students with no home internet access and assistance is given to those who find copying instructions difficult.
Each of the ILP’s are available for each subject below.
Key Stage 4 students will receive homework on a weekly - fortnightly basis from their class teachers. This may comprise of shorter tasks which should be completed in less than an hour and have a short deadline or longer tasks that take several hours and have longer deadlines. Students are supported in these longer tasks. In Key Stages 4 and 5, tasks always include vital preparation for controlled assessments and preparation for examinations.
Whilst homework tasks are varied across all Key Stages, they always serve to either consolidate or develop learning in lessons or to prepare for a future lesson.
For example, students may be asked to do any of the following:
- Research content to be covered in a future lesson
- Produce written answers to questions or other assignments
- Make posters or pictures
- Prepare presentations or speeches
- Prepare for a test or other assessment
- Self assess some work they have produced in class
- Comment or act on written feedback they have been given
How is homework assessed?
All students’ responses are valued and homework is marked in line with the school Assessment Policy. Some shorter tasks may receive only a tick to show that the teacher has read the work. Longer tasks will receive more detailed feedback highlighting successes (WWW denotes What Went Well) and how to improve (EBI denotes Even Better If). Students are then challenged to record how they will make improvements to their work and meet the personalised target set (NTI denotes Next Time I’ll).
What support is available in school?
If your daughter does not understand a homework task she should in the first instance, find the subject teacher and ask for further guidance. Teachers at Carshalton High School For Girls willingly give up their time to support students in this way. It is the student’s responsibility to find the teacher in good time before the deadline to ensure that the task can be completed.
KS3 Homework Club runs in the Learning Resources Centre every morning from 8.00 to 8.25 and after school from 2.45-3.45pm.
KS3 Homework Club is also held on Monday evenings in the LRC and the Apple Suite (B9).
KS4 Homework Club is held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in the Apple Suite (B9).
Students have access to resources and can receive assistance from LRC and Learning Support staff during these times as well as Sixth Form students. Homework Club is open to all students who wish to work on any homework task.
What happens if homework is not done?
Homework is compulsory and all students are expected to complete tasks to a good standard and meet deadlines. If homework is not completed on time, on occasions a short extension may be granted at the teacher’s discretion. Detentions are set if homework is not completed. Parents will receive at least 24 hours notice of an after school detention set for a lack of homework. Students who consistently fail to complete homework can be placed on Homework Report