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 Homework is an important aspect of school life. In Antrim Grammar School the purpose of homework is:
  • to extend learning beyond the classroom, in the context of Learning Cycles
  • to extend learning beyond the classroom, rather than use homework only to complete a course or practise what pupils may not have understood in class
  • to offer a variety of tasks which extend knowledge and understanding, and which develop skills
  • to assess, develop and test the above
  • to encourage habits of lifelong inquiry and learning
  • to satisfy coursework and/or Controlled Assessment demands
  • to offer opportunities to assess progress
  • to diagnose the effectiveness of teaching and learning
  • to prepare pupils for examinations. 

Show My Homework  

All homework is set through the App ‘Show My Homework’ of which all pupils and parents have access. If pupils or parents have any issues with the App they should contact Show My Homework directly: 

Contact Details

https://antrimgrammar.showmyhomework.co.uk/

Telephone: 020 71 979550 

Frequency of Homework:

In Years 8 and 9 pupils will be given a maximum of 30 minutes of homework per period. Pupils in Years 8 and 9 should spend a maximum of 1 hour 30 minutes on homework and study per night. Independent study should include making revision notes and/or reading.

In Year 10 pupils will be given a maximum of 30 minutes of homework per period. Pupils in Year 10 should spend a maximum of 2 hours on homework and study per night. Independent study should include making revision notes and/or reading.

In Years 11 and 12 pupils will be given a maximum of 45 minutes of homework per period. Pupils in Years 11 and 12 should spend a maximum of 2 hours 30 minutes on homework and study per night. Independent study should include making revision notes and/or reading.

In Years 13 and 14 pupils will be given approximately 1 hour of homework per period. Pupils in Years 13 and 14 should spend a maximum of 4 hours studying independently per day including weekends.

  • All of the above may be managed by Subject Leaders as short or long homework tasks (the latter will be set well in advance)
  • Support will be offered to any pupil who is struggling with homework tasks.
  • All homework will be entered in Show My Homework, for the day on which it is due, with the recommended time to be spent on it
  • In liaison with parents and pupils, the volume and frequency of homework will be monitored by Year Tutors and Subject Leaders
  • Except when absolutely necessary for examination classes, written work will not be set over holidays and only then with the permission of the Subject Leader.

Organisation of Homework:

  • Tasks will be set before the end of a teaching period and as part of a clearly explained learning context
  • All expectations about standards will be clearly communicated and if they are generic or common a hand-out will be given and explained
  • Coursework/Controlled Assessment project tasks for Years 11–14 will be managed so as to spread the work over a realistic period
  • All longer tasks (of more than 25 minutes) will be set well in advance.

Relevance and Variety of Homework:

  • The purpose, learning aims and relevance of each homework will be explained clearly and succinctly
  • Tasks will be varied, reflecting different learning styles and purposes
  • Extension or remediation work will be provided for those who consistently find the work too easy or difficult
  • Pupils will be facilitated in making a clear link between class and homework tasks and assessment
  • Thinking, reading or learning homework is just as important as product-style homework but all of these activities will be assessed. 

Marking of Homework:

  • All pupils’ work will be assessed, annotated and returned as promptly as possible
  • Annotation will seek to encourage and advise the pupil on how to improve
  • Subject leaders will monitor the consistency of approach and policy into practice within their departments
  • Peer or self-assessment of homework may, on occasions, be beneficial but this will not be used habitually
  • Homework will be marked and annotated in line with clearly communicated assessment criteria, clearly specifying how work may be improved
  • Pupils’ work and progress will be monitored by Subject Leaders and the SLT. 

Target-Setting and Homework:

  • Homework will always be set in the context of meeting targets
  • Target-setting, in conjunction with homework, is a tool for encouraging pupils to attain their potential academic aspirations
  • Common targets for an entire class or sub-group can inform the purpose and nature of homework
  • Coursework/Controlled Assessment tasks done at home will involve the communication of very specific targets and deadlines
  • Target-setting will also to be used to evaluate the suitability and quality of homework tasks. 

Quality Expectations of Homework:

  • Quality rather than quantity is the key to effective learning through homework
  • Departments will specify what homework is merely acknowledged or very thoroughly corrected, but thorough marking will be the norm
  • The school’s Language and Presentation Policy will be discussed with pupils
  • The whole school approach to “forgotten homework” without valid excuse, is extra work, followed by a Departmental Detention
  • Poor English will not be accepted by any subject. 

Annotation of Homework:

  • Pupils will be told what their grade/mark means, why they received it, and what they can do to improve it
  • Annotation of coursework will be formative for drafts (where allowed by the examination board) and summative for moderation purposes