Homework at Bridgewater
Bridgewater High School believes that homework can make an important contribution to pupils’ progress. Ensuring that homework is used effectively requires a partnership of teaching staff, pupils and parents; all need to understand the role and value of meaningful homework, if it is to be successfully delivered.
A key focus for the school this year is using Show My Homework to set all homework across all key stages.
Through its use of homework, Bridgewater seeks to:
- Encourage pupils to develop the skills, confidence and motivation needed to study on their own;
- Consolidate and reinforce the skills and understanding developed by pupils while in school;
- Extend school learning;
- Where appropriate be used to allow the pupils themselves to prepare for a new topic;
- Sustain parental involvement in the management of pupils’ learning and keep them informed about the work pupils are doing;
- On occasions access resources not available in the classroom;
- Meet particular exam demands, such as GCSE coursework.
Indicated timings for each year of the school, assuming three subject homeworks per school day, are:
Years 7-8 45 – 90 minutes a day
Year 9 1 – 2 hours a day
Years 10 – 11 1.5 – 2.5 hours a day
Years 12 – 13 Dependent upon individual programmes; see guidance issued by the Head of Appleton College.
Bridgewater pupils have a personal responsibility to:
- Regularly log in to Show My Homework to ensure they monitor homework set and complete homework on time;
- ensure that any additional notes are logged in the homework diary / planner provided for the purpose;
- complete set tasks to the best of their ability, within the limits of the resources available to them;
- submit homework for assessment, on time;
- seek help and guidance from teaching staff when difficulties are met with.
Bridgewater believes that parents have a vital role to play in monitoring the application of this homework policy and in supporting their children in their completion of homework tasks.
Parents are encouraged to:
- Regularly log in to Show My Homework to assist in monitoring completion of homework;
- provide reasonably suitable places for homework, or help children to attend other suitable places (e.g. local libraries);
- make it clear to their children that they value homework and support the school in explaining how it can help with learning;
- encourage their children and praise them when they have completed homework to a sufficiently high standard of content and presentation;
- expect their children to meet deadlines and check that they have done so.