HOMEWORK POLICY

Homework Policy

 

Kyle Academy, through the use of appropriate differentiated materials and teaching and learning strategies, offers all pupils access to a curriculum which is challenging and attainable.

 

Homework is an essential part of the learning process for all pupils.  It is set at various times to:

 

  • Encourage the involvement of parents and carers in their children’s learning.

  • Develop good independent home study habits.

  • Reinforce, review or consolidate classroom learning.

  • Complete research exercises.

  • Develop presentations to be given to the class.

  • Provide opportunities to complete tasks begun in class.

  • Provide opportunities to apply skills or knowledge already gained in school.

  • Allow for more detailed or extended study and develop examination techniques.

  • Support completion of a course and presentation of evidence for accreditation purposes.

  • Encourage good habits of personal organisation, self-discipline and independent learning.

 

All work completed in class should be revised at home on a very regular basis.

 

In first and second year, pupils will receive 15 minutes of homework per week in most subjects – the exceptions

being RME, PSE and PE.  In third and fourth year pupils will receive between 45 minutes and one hour of homework per subject per week.  In fifth and sixth year pupils will receive between 90 minutes and 150 minutes of homework per subject per week at Higher level and two and a half to three and a half hours per week per subject for pupils undertaking Advanced Highers.  These timings include tasks designed to support study at home in preparation for assessments.

 

In most departments, pupils will be given one week to complete homework to ensure that they can manage their time effectively.  The exceptions to this will be English and Mathematics where homework may be more regular. Proposals for home work under Curriculum for Excellence will are being developed separately.  As far as possible and within the constraints of time experienced in some courses, homework near examinations will focus on revision and home study.

 

Pupils in S1 and S2 should consider homework and revision as part of normal school routine and as an integral part of courses, thus developing good habits of study and building the independent study skills which are essential in later years.  Every pupil will be provided with a homework diary to help them, and their teachers and parents monitor the provision of homework throughout the school.  Parents are asked to look at these diaries on a regular basis, to enable them to monitor how much homework is being given, and that it is being completed properly.  In addition, there is at the end of each week a place for parents to sign the diary, to show that they have seen it.  Comments can also be made if parents wish to communicate with teachers and/or guidance staff.

 

In the upper school, homework is essential for the completion of Standard Grade, National Courses and Higher / Advanced Higher courses and to develop the independent study skills required for work, tertiary and higher education.  It is critically important at these stages that learners undertake regular revision of class and course work

in addition to formal homework tasks set by the teacher.  The school will contact parents if pupils are failing to complete homework exercises.

 

At all stages, it is generally helpful for parents to set a regular regime for homework.  Particular aids to study include the following, where they can be provided:

 

  • A regular time for doing homework e.g. setting aside an hour when the pupil returns from school or a ‘slot’ at another time each evening.

  • Encouraging learners to make plans to ensure that homework is done systematically, and not left to the night before the deadline.  A two week plan, constantly updated can be very effective, and can create good study habits for life.

  • A quiet environment, away from television and other distractions if possible.

  • A desk or table with a good writing surface, and room to spread materials.

 

Regular discussion of schoolwork, checking of homework diaries, and in particular ensuring that tasks set have been completed to deadline are also important in establishing a homework routine.