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Homework in the Secondary School

Homework enables teachers to assess pupil’s understanding of what they have already learnt at school and it also encourages them to develop good study habits.

Key Stage 3

In the Secondary school, the purpose of home study is to encourage students to develop key skills for independent learning, such as information retrieval, planning, analysis and time management. Homework also helps to consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding developed in lessons by extending learning through activities such as research and additional reading.

Our students can expect to be set a variety of home study tasks such as Questions; Research; Reading; Extended Writing; Past Papers; Notes and Learning/ Revision. The following table explains the minimum amount of time that should be spent on homework:

Subject

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

English

2 x 30 min

2 x 30 min

2 x 30 min

Maths

2 x 30 min

2 x 30 min

2 x 30 min

Science

2 x 30 min

2 x 30 min

2 x 30 min

French/Spanish/German

1 x 30 min

1 x 30 min

1 x 45 min

Art, History, Geography

1 x 30 min

1 x 30 min

1 x 30 min*

Music, Drama

1 x 30 min

1 x 30 min

1 x 30 min**

 

Key Stage 4 and IB Diploma

Students in Year 10 and Year 11 will be set an average of at least 1 hour per subject per week, with the exception of English, Maths and Science (at least 2 hours per week).

Students following Higher Level should expect to have up to 4 hours of home study per subject and 2.5 hours for Standard Level. This may be a combination of research, wider reading and written work. Students should also re-read notes between classes. It is the responsibility of the student to use their Study Planners or equivalent to organise the demands of their courses and if they foresee any difficulties in meeting home study deadlines to negotiate rescheduling of required work ahead of the hand-in-date.

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