Why do we set homework?
"Students who understand that intelligence isn’t fixed are more willing to tackle challenges, learn from failure and take criticism as useful feedback."
Doctor Carol S Dweck, Psychologist
To support our students learning we set homework tasks. Homework is work that is set to be completed outside the timetabled curriculum. It contains an element of independent study in that it is not usually directly supervised by a teacher. We use a range of online platforms to set, track and monitor homework.
There is clear evidence that successful students make progress when they embrace homework, and see the clear purpose of the task being set. Through homework, students become flexible independent learners able to cope with the demands of a future working life.
‘The impact of homework on learning is consistently positive (leading to on average five months' additional progress). However, beneath this average there is a wide variation in potential impact, suggesting that how homework is set is likely to be very important.’ Endowment Education Fund, August 2017
The suggestion is that it is not hours of homework but the quality and the discipline of completing homework that supports student achievement.
Not all homework is done at home; in fact, for some students who find it hard to work at home, or for some tasks which may require resources (books, software, equipment) more readily available at school, it is necessary or desirable to carry out the task at school.
Homework enhances student learning, improves achievement and develops students’ study skills and as such is an integral part of the curriculum. It requires careful planning and integration into the scheme of work of each curriculum area and may form part of the evidence from which teachers make assessment decisions reporting on student progress.