- About Woldgate
- Sixth Form
Homework is set to encourage pupils to be independent learners, to enable teachers to spot check pupils’ understanding of the topics covered, to prepare pupils for tests, assessment & exams and to enthuse them with the wonders of the subjects we teach. To that end we would expect pupils to have something set them by each Subject Teacher every week. The Homework setting timetable is linked to the lesson timetable. Each pupil will have a copy of their individualised timetable in their planners. They can work out what subject they have set each night by looking at the period of the day due to set homework and their Subject Teacher in that lesson. Form Tutors will help each of their Tutees ‘decode’ the setting timetable on the first day of term!
We would expect that in Lower School each homework should take a pupilt between 20 -30 minutes. In Upper school we would expect each homework task to take between 30 -45 minutes. In the Sixth Form we expect students to be spending at least an hour out of lessons for every hour on their taught timetable. Clearly, when it comes to exam time preparation and revision will probably take up more time than this. Exam weeks for all Year Groups are on the School Calendar.
The ILC is open for pupils and students to complete their homework from 8.30 am in the morning, at break & lunchtime and afterschool until 4.30pm (except on Fridays). The Learning Support Area is open at breaks and lunchtimes for support. There will be afterschool & lunchtimes homework clubs set up during the year. The Sixth Form have a separate study area in E Block as well as priority seating in the ILC. Any student struggling with a piece of homework should find the teacher who has set the work in advance of the due date to ask for extra guidance.
if you find your child is has to spend longer than the expected time on homework please write a note to the subject teacher in the student planner to confirm that he/she has spent the expected time on the work but hasn’t been able to complete the full task. If this is happening regularly then clearly there is a conversation to be had and a problem to solve. If you are concerned that your child isn’t having enough work set, or is able to complete everything that is set well within the expected time allowance again please get in touch with subject teachers via the planner or contact the Care & Achievement Coordinators. It’s important that all the work a student does is at the appropriate level of challenge.
by ensuring a quiet place for study, away from distractions and interruptions. Getting the work done early in the evening rather than leaving it to the last minute also helps! Making sure work is completed well in advance of the due dates will help in avoiding a build-up on one evening. The setting timetable ensures that every student has more than one evening to complete the work before it is due. This gives students the opportunity to develop time-management skill as well flexibility around their other out-of-school commitments.
If there is anything you feel a Subject Teacher needs to know about the work done out-of-lessons, please make a note in the Student Planner or contact the Care & Achievement Coordinators, Form Tutors or Heads of Care & Achievement.
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