Secondary Homework Guide
For Students and Families
Phoenix International School’s policy is to set homework for all years. Homework has always been regarded as an important part of the work of Phoenix International School
The use of homework should:
- Develop an effective partnership between Phoenix and parents and other carers.
- Consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding (in all subjects).
- Exploit resources for learning, of all kinds, at home.
- Extend school learning, for example through additional reading.
- Encourage pupils to develop the confidence and self discipline needed to study independently.
Homework is an integral part of children’s learning. It enhances and extends the learning environment.
At Phoenix International School we aim to:
- Ensure progression towards individual responsibility and independence.
- Ensure consistent approach throughout the school.
- Encourage children to develop increasing responsibility for their independent learning.
- Make expectations clear to children, parents and carers.
- To extend the opportunities provided for learning.
- To treat parents and carers as partners in their children’s learning.
- To encourage parents, carers and their children to work together.
- To develop the skills required for independent learning.
- Meet the needs of all students including those on Individual Education Plans.
The Types of Homework Set
It can be a preparation, a finishing off, or an extension of a lesson. Teachers are asked to vary the tasks set for homework.
Homework may not be just writing, it may be:
- Learning by heart.
- Researching in books, newspapers, magazines or using libraries.
- Completing questionnaires.
- Practical tasks using everyday things found at home.
- Continuing coursework started in class.
- Watching a T.V. Programme.
- Collecting material from home.
- Rehearsing – dance-music-drama.
- Preparing for assessment.
How You Can Help Your Child
- Establishing a regular routine for completing homework each day.
- Making available a suitably quiet place for them to work
- Providing the necessary equipment for homework, such as pens, pencils, ruler, dictionary, calculator.
- Checking that homework has been completed properly, checked thoroughly, and is neat and well presented.
- Checking your child’s diary to see that the homework set has been filled in.
Your child’s homework timetable and home/school diary are valuable tools to help plan homework. Students may write their own weekly plan to help them plan their time effectively.
Students should have a workspace that is quiet and free from clutter that they can lay their work out easily. A drink and a snack is a good idea before you start work to boost your energy levels. Students may like to do work at School.
Every student has a home/school diary. This is an A5 book showing the daily timetable and homework timetable. It has space for writing homework down.
Students should write in what the homework is and when it has to be in. If no homework is set then “no homework set” should be written, with the reason eg assessment time, school trip etc.
The homework diary is an effective means of communication between home and school. Any minor matters that you need to discuss or clarify with your child’s
tutor can be written down in their diary. Each week families need to sign the diary to acknowledge that they have read it. Any notes from your child’s tutor or subject teachers must be signed to show that you have read them.
Home/School diaries are a tool and should be regarded as a workbook, therefore
there should be no graffiti or additions other than is directed by school.
Failure to complete homework will result in sanctions (see behaviour policy). Parents will be notified of any problems.
Difficulties Concerning Homework
Teachers are very willing to explain homework that students do not fully understand. If the work has to be handed in the next day try to do some of it to show you have tried and ask your family to write a note in your diary.
If you have left your diary at school try to contact a friend and ask what the homework is. Tutors and subject teachers are always willing to discuss any problems with your work.
Special Education Needs (S.E.N)
Teachers will try ensure that homework is well matched to their students’ needs. Some students may have separate homework from the rest of the class. Teacher will promote tasks that:
- Have a clear focus and time guideline.
- Give plenty of opportunities for pupils to succeed.
- Be varied and not purely written activities.
- Help develop social as well as other skills where necessary.