"Homework is an opportunity for students to learn and for parents to be involved in their children’s education. A parent’s interest can spark enthusiasm in a child and help teach the most important lesson of all, that learning can be fun and is well worth the effort,” Department for Children, Schools and Families, U.K.
Homework starts in a small way in our Reception year with word recognition and describing picture books. By the time a student is in Year 6 they are given a balanced amount of homework that incorporates the core subjects, as well as reading and spellings. As students move up through the school, the time spent on homework will increase to reflect the growing demands of the curriculum and importance of assignments, particularly where study for external examinations are concerned.
We encourage the link between home and school and ensure that our homework policy strikes a balance between study and relaxation time. However, we know that children who spend more time on homework do better in school, on average, than others who spend little time, and that the academic benefits increase as children move into the final years of their education.
Furthermore, homework is of great value in building upon what has been learnt in school. We know that good assignments, completed successfully, can help children develop a good work ethic, learn to work independently and improve vital skills such as research and organisation – as well as the ability to keep to deadlines. In addition homework can help parents learn about their child’s education and encourage communication, both with their child and the school. It can also help nurture a lifelong love of learning.
There are many other important ways that parents can help their children learn. Parents can encourage children to spend more leisure time reading rather than watching television. They can talk with their children and communicate positive behaviours, values and character traits. They can keep in touch with the school, express high expectations to their children and encourage their efforts to achieve. Finally, parents are able to provide the correct environment for their child to carry out their work, both in terms of the proper resourcing for any studies and by creating the right atmosphere, free from distractions such as noise and interruptions.