At Lees Brook we believe that homework is an important part of our school curriculum and the learning process. Therefore we aim to set appropriately challenging work or activities which students complete outside of lesson time, either on their own or with parents and carers. Homework is designed to extend students’ learning of key skills and important information, and help embed factual knowledge. Homework can also provide a fantastic opportunity for students to implement retrieval practice as well as completing flipped learning.
Homework would not normally be set to be handed in for the following day to allow students time to complete the tasks set. In school, there are clubs that run both at lunchtime and after school that allow students the opportunity and space to complete these tasks using the school’s ICT facilities.
There is no expectation that all staff will set a piece of homework every week. This is so that all homework set is meaningful and fits in with the needs of the curriculum. As more GCSE subjects move away from coursework and towards controlled assessment in lessons, it is important that our curriculum reflects this change.
From September 2021, all homework will be set on Go 4 schools. This means parents and carers will also be able to see what homework has been set.
Year 7 and Year 8
All subject areas will set homework on a flexible basis in line with the needs of the curriculum. Homework will not necessarily be set every week for every lesson and will be up to a maximum of 30 minutes per subject, each week.
Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11
Subject areas will set homework appropriate to the learning needs of the students in their class. This will be up to a maximum of 45-60 minutes per week for each subject. During the three year programme, homework set will vary depending upon the structure of the course and coursework deadlines.
Each subject will set up to 3 hours per week. This will be completed at home and also in study periods on school site.