There is evidence in this country that children in the highest achieving schools spend more time on learning activities at home than children in other schools.
The Government suggests that:
- Homework should be part of an effective partnership between the school and parents in pursuing the aims of the school
- Homework should consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding, especially in literacy and numeracy
- Homework should exploit resources for learning, of all kinds, at home
- Homework should extend school learning, for example through additional reading
- Homework should encourage pupils as they get older to develop the confidence and self discipline needed to study on their own, and preparing them for the requirements of secondary school
We recognise the need for children to have the time to follow out of school interests and family activities and time allocations allow for these important things to take place. This has been particularly important when deciding on the days when homework will be set and collected.
Special Educational Needs
Although it is seen as important that children identified as having special educational needs do as much in common with other children as possible there will be occasions when they may benefit from special tasks separate from the homework set for other children in the class. Such homework may be set/marked by the class teacher.
The Able Child
It is acknowledged that the able child needs to be given homework that will use their full ability and their homework may differ from that set for the majority of the class.
Role of Parents and Carers in Supporting Pupils
Parents and carers should be encouraged to:
- Provide a reasonably peaceful, suitable place in which a child can do homework
- Make it clear to their child/ren that they value homework and support the school in explaining how it can help their learning
- Encourage children and praise them when they have completed homework
Recommended Time Allocation for Homework
The recommendations of the DCSF for homework for children in Key Stage 2 are given below.
Years 3 and 4: 1.5 hours per week
Years 5 and 6: 30 minutes per day (2 ½ hours per week)
General homework information will be given with the termly plans. More detailed weekly homework information will be handed out each week.
Parents may ask the class teacher for any other information, during consultations or other meetings.
Research over a number of years in this and other countries has shown that homework can make an important contribution to the children’s progress at school.