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TDA Homework Policy

At Thomas Deacon Academy, all students are expected to do homework regularly as outlined in the policy. All homework is recorded on our online homework calendar, ‘Show My Homework’.

We aim to foster a culture where students, parents and all stakeholders value homework and understand its contribution to students’ success as learners.

Purpose of homework

At TDA homework supports and encourages students to develop independent study skills, organisational skills, effective time management and self-discipline. Our homework policy is designed to support students with developing the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life as well as provide them with opportunities to further consolidate the skills they develop in lessons.

All homework is carefully matched to the school curriculum so that it contributes to learning in the classroom.

Types of homework

KS3

At KS3, all students receive a knowledge organiser, which contains the key facts, and concepts that students will learn during their studies for all subjects. They should spend 25 minutes each day self-quizzing using their knowledge organisers (KO) alongside their KO exercise book to record this. They are quizzed on their knowledge organiser frequently in lessons so they can monitor their own progress. In addition to this, they will receive an online quiz once a fortnight.

Students also have an electronic Maths and English homework to complete each week in order to develop their numeracy and vocabulary. These challenge students based on their current attainment.

In order to support physical wellbeing, TDA students must complete the TDA 8 minute fitness challenge (with video support) twice a week as part of their PE homework.

Further to this, students have access to online learning platforms for all subjects, which they can use independently to further their own learning. Students should also read a physical book for 25 minutes each day.

KS4

At KS4, students will receive 1 homework assignment per week in English, Maths and Science. For all other subjects, tasks will be set at least once a fortnight, although teachers may set an additional task per fortnight at their discretion.

Further to this, students have access to online learning platforms (as well as other resources) for all subjects, which they can use independently to further their own learning and revision.

Students should be spending at least an hour completing homework each school day.

KS5

At KS5, all students receive weekly assignments designed to interleave the content of the course they are studying. These are assessed by the teacher and the students are provided with feedback. These are always followed up with a Feedback Improvement Time (FIT) task in class.

In addition to this, the following types of homework may be set

  • research, including use of internet
  • consolidation of learning activities
  • pre-lesson in learning - e.g. read an article, make notes, watch video etc.
  • reviewing the work covered that week
  • studying and learning notes/vocabulary
  • drafting and redrafting work
  • watching or listening to YouTube videos/podcasts
  • collecting information from newspapers, etc.
  • projects
  • preparing for presentations

Students are expected to manage their time well and are expected to do 1 hour of independent study for every hour of classroom study. They are afforded some of this time during the school day.

Further to the expectations outlined above, KS5 students should be doing some wider reading.

Support and monitoring

KS3

Students have their homework checked weekly by their form tutor with a page of self-quizzing expected to be seen each day and logged via SIMS. Students who fall behind with the expectations are offered support through house teams in the first instance and attend a homework club. Students who are consistently meeting these expectations are rewarded at the tutor/house discretion.

The SMHW quizzes are checked by class teachers and incomplete homeworks are logged via SIMS. Further, frequent in-class quizzes allow teachers to monitor the progress students are making in learning key facts and concepts.

The Maths and English teams monitor their subject’s electronic homework.

KS4

Students have their homework checked by their class teacher and non-completion is logged via SIMS. This is further monitored by subject leaders and form tutors. Students who fall behind with expectations attend a ‘compulsory homework catch-up’ where they will have the opportunity to catch up with their homework. Students who are consistently meeting these expectations are rewarded at the tutor/house/subject discretion.

KS5

Students have their homework checked by their class teacher and non-completion is logged via SIMS. This is further monitored by subject leaders. Students who fall behind with expectations attend a ‘compulsory homework catch-up’ where they will have the opportunity to catch up with their homework.

Role of parents/Guardians

KS3

Parents/Guardians should support through regularly quizzing their child on the contents of the knowledge organisers. They should sign the students KO exercise book to check they are being used effectively at home every Friday. They should also ensure there is a quiet space available for their child to study away from any distractions.

As part of the TDA fitness challenge, parents/guardians should support their child to complete the 8 minute programme twice a week.

KS4

Parents/Guardians should regularly check SMHW to support their child with managing their time effectively. They should also ensure there is a quiet space available for their child to study away from any distractions.

KS5

Parents/Guardians should regularly check SMHW to support their child with managing their time effectively. They should also ensure there is a quiet space available for their child to study away from any distractions.

Role of Leaders

Heads of House

HOH and their teams are responsible for all KS3 homework. Through working with their tutor team, they should ensure 100% completion of homework by KS3 students each day.

Heads of House are responsible for setting up KS3 homework clubs to run each week. The homework clubs should follow a ‘Pomodoro’ model (chunks of 25 minute silent, independent work) so students have opportunity to focus on self-quizzing/reading without distraction.

Heads of Department

HODs/SLs should ensure that KS3 students have access to knowledge organisers that map to their schemes of work. They should also ensure that electronic quizzes are available once a fortnight that test this knowledge. Further, they should ensure that there are frequent low-stakes quizzes on the knowledge organisers in lessons.

HODs and their teams are responsible for all KS4 and KS5 homework. Through working with their team, they should ensure 100% completion of KS4/KS5 homeworks each week. They should ensure homework detentions are logged for any students who miss deadlines.

Heads of Department are responsible for setting up KS4/KS5 homework drop-ins to run at least once a week in order to support students with their homework.

Senior Leaders

Senior leaders have an overview of homework across the academy and ensure that the impact of homework is reviewed regularly.

They put in place and manage daily ‘compulsory homework catch-ups’ for KS4 and KS5 students who miss homeworks.