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Homework Rationale & Policy:
Secondary

Rationale 

Homework is any learning which a pupil undertakes out with timetabled lessons. It helps to consolidate or extend learning; develop independent learning and research skills; raise attainment and to involve parents and carers.

At The Community School of Auchterarder, we believe that homework forms a vital part of the learning process and operates within the current context of encouraging independent, motivated and reflective learners, supported also by our Tutor Group process and after-school study arrangements. Everyone in school is focused on raising the attainment of every learner and an effective homework strategy and study habits have been proven to enhance skills and increase exam performance. This policy outlines the expectations for all: pupils, staff and parents/carers and has been created through robust consultation with pupils and staff.

It is important to acknowledge that whilst homework is not compulsory and cannot be enforced, it is viewed by all staff in school, and many parents, as supportive of pupils achieving their full potential. Homework, of course, should be proportionate and, where appropriate, differentiated and issued to complement the work done in the classroom at all stages.

Policy

There is no expected minimum amount of homework across any year group. S4 - S6 pupils can expect to undertake increased levels of homework in preparation of formal assessments and exams.

Staff will only set homework where there is a clear need and purpose and where it is likely to enhance or support learning or skills development. They will also, where appropriate, communicate success criteria, help pupils to manage homework requirements and allow reasonable time for tasks to be done. Homework will be one of the focus areas in Tutor Group time on a weekly basis.

Pupils should be responsible for planning ahead and keeping to deadlines – seeking help at home or with staff if there is a problem and, for more senior pupils, ensuring that any employment or work commitments do not hamper progress with important home study.

Any non-completion of homework is flagged in the monthly tracking report issued to all parents of Secondary pupils; a 4 will represent homework not being completed at all.

We do not send letters home regarding homework.

Parental Input

We rely on the support of parents and carers to encourage a regular homework routine and use the tracking reports to engage in conversations about their child’s learning and to contact the school if there are any concerns.