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Homework 

Overview and expectations: 

Why is this important and how does it link to our values? 

"Homework is not an optional extra, but an essential part of a good education". -1999 White Paper, Excellence in Schools 

Homework is work that is set to be done outside the timetabled curriculum. It contains an element of independent study in that it is not usually directly supervised by a teacher. It is important in raising 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. 

Our OSCA Values promote scholarship and resilience – it is important for a student to take ownership of their learning by adhering to deadlines and organising their time effectively.  Our setting of homework also has the following aims:  

Homework enables students to: 

● Consolidate and extend work covered in class or prepare for new learning activities. 
● Access resources not available in the classroom. 
● Develop research skills. 
● Have an opportunity for independent work. 
● Show progress and understanding. 

 

How does it work? Key information/structure 

At OSCA  the planning behind our Homework will utilise one (or more) of the following pedagogical structures: 

1.  Spaced repetition - Taken from the previous SoL (Scheme of Learning) Knowledge Organiser and reviewing prior learning 

2. Retrieval Practice - Taken from current Knowledge Organiser to complement current SoL – used to quiz/memorise/rote learn 

3. Cognitive disfluency - Project based work but must involve complex language and exploration exercises to enable students to think harder. Varied activities to include presentations. 

Expectations: When, how much and by whom? 

 
See Current homework timetables 

  
When homework is not completed, teachers should initially support the student and ensure the tasks set meet the student's needs. If lack of homework continues, then sanctions issued are at the discretion of the subject teacher and department leader. 

 
High quality homework and a good work ethos should be sensitively praised in class. OSCA’s for achievement and sustained effort may be awarded for good homework. For exceptional pieces of homework, a faculty/dept letter or postcard may be sent home. 
 

What do I need to do? How can I find out more? 

The class teacher controls the direction of homework and the nature of tasks undertaken. 
The teacher will log their homework instructions via SiMs so that students and parents have access to what is required. 

Should you wish to discuss homework in further detail, in the first instance please contact your son/daughters class teacher, form tutor, head of department or head of house.  Alternatively, you can email:  arif.nedjat@ormistonsandwell.org.uk 

 

To help parents / carers and the academy monitor the setting and completion of homework a homework timetable has been created, for each class.

These timetables reflect the times that students should receive homework. Specific details of tasks and hand in dates will be recorded on Sims and therefore be available to view on the app. Students will also write their homework in their planner.

Homework is set as follows:

For Year 7 Download timetables HERE

For Year 8 Download timetables HERE

English, Maths and Science: Each week and we expect tasks to last 45-60 minutes

Geography, History Computer Studies, French and PE: Each week we expect tasks to take around 30 minutes to complete

RE, CAAT and PAPA: Each fortnight we expect tasks to take around 30 minutes to complete

In addition to this, the academy expects students to spend at least 20 minutes reading each night.

Years 9, 10 and 11  Download timetables HERE

English/Maths/Science: Each week and we expect tasks to last 60 - 90 minutes

Option Subjects: Each week and we expect tasks to last 45-60 minutes.

In addition to this, the academy expects students to spend at least 20 minutes reading each night.

If you have any questions regarding Homework at OSCA please contact your child's class teacher or form tutor in the first instance.

Alternatively you can email Arif Nedjat, Acting Assistant Principal arif.nedjat@ormistonsandwell.org.uk