Homework is set regularly in most subjects and it will increase in quantity as the students’ progress through the school. At the start of the school year, each student will be given a planner in which all homework should be recorded. Parents should check and sign the planner every week to see that homework is being recorded and completed.
Homework may take the form of written work, reading or research. If homework is finished early, extra reading is always beneficial. Many teachers allow more than one evening for the completion of homework, to give the students some flexibility in the organisation of their home study time. This should help to prevent too many subjects piling up on one particular evening. It is very helpful, particularly with younger students, if parents set aside time each evening when their child can sit in a quiet place to do homework and read. Parental interest and help at this stage can help a child enormously in organisation and can foster good habits in later school years.
Government guidelines for homework for secondary school children are:
Key Stage 3
Students in year 7, 8 and 9 should expect to spend 7½ hours on homework in a week (1 hour on English, Maths and Science and ½ an hour of all other subjects per week).
Key Stage 4
Students in year 10 and 11 should expect to spend 10½ hours on homework in a week (2 hours on English, Maths and Science, 1 hour for each option subject and ½ an hour for RE per week).
|English||30 minutes per week. Additional reading is encouraged.||60 minutes per week. Additional reading is an expectation.||90-120 minutes/ week. Additional reading is an expectation.|
|Cymraeg||30 minutes per week. Additional reading is encouraged.||60 minutes per week. Additional reading is an expectation.||90-120 minutes/ week. Additional reading is an expectation.|
|Mathematics||30 minutes per week.||30-60 minutes/week including GCSE past paper exam questions.||120 minutes/ week including AS/A level past paper exam questions.|
|Science||30 minutes/fortnight. Research tasks, experiment reports, revision||30-60 minutes/week. Exam questions, research tasks, experiment reports and preparation, revision||Exam questions, research tasks, experiment reports and preparation, revision|
|Geography||30 minutes/fortnight.||30 minutes/week. Exam questions, case study research||60 minutes/week. Exam questions, case study research, extra reading|
|History||20 - 30 minutes per week – finishing classwork or learning vocabulary or research and/or extension work.||60 minutes per week – including a lot of reading and research.||90 minutes weekly including a lot of reading and research.|
|RE||30 minutes/fortnight||30 minutes/fortnight||60 minutes/week|
|MFL||20-30 minutes/week. Short piece of writing or vocabulary learning||60 minutes/week. Vocabulary learning, reading comprehension, a written piece or coursework preparation||120-180 minutes/week. Pre-lesson preparation, exercises for grammar practice, reading comprehensions, essay writing, translation practice and independent reading|
|Design Courses||4 Tasks per project (12 per year). Research, design work, mood boards||30-60 minutes/fortnight. Research, design work, past paper questions||60 minutes/week. Coursework. Two exam questions per fortnight|
|Art||20-30 minutes/fortnight or month as appropriate to work||60 minutes/week - continue with coursework and targets set||At least 120 minutes per week - Coursework and controlled assignments|
|Music||2-3 Tasks every half term. 30 minutes-1hour per task||60 minutes/week & regular instrumental practice||120 minutes / week & regular instrumental practice|
|PE||N/A||60 minutes/week - continue with coursework and targets set||N/A|
|Drama||N/A||60 minutes/week - continue with coursework and targets set||At least 120 minutes per week - Coursework and controlled assignments|
|CoPE||N/A||30 minutes maximum. Completion of CoPE paperwork to evidence the task done in lesson.||N/A|
|Media Studies||N/A||30 minutes -1 hour a week. Work will include research, planning for a project - taking pictures, filming - essay writing, learning theory.||N/A|
|Child Development||N/A||60 minutes/week. 6 hours of observation/activities for Unit 2 Child Study. Homework will include past paper questions, project work and preparatory reading/research.||N/A|
|Health and Social Care||N/A||N/A||60-180 minutes/week coursework per unit. Exam style questions, collection of research for coursework units.|
|Catering and Hospitality||N/A||20-30 minutes per fortnight including preparation of ingredients to cook for practical lessons.||30-60 minutes/fortnight. Coursework including preparation of ingredients to cook for practical lessons.|