At The School Of Intellectuals we believe that homework is a valuable element of the teaching and learning process. This document is a statement of our aim in the giving of homework on a regular basis. It should be read in the context of our teaching and learning policy.
It was developed during the Autumn Term 1999 through a process of consultation with staff, parents and children and reviewed in March 2010 and March 2012.
It was approved by the governing body at their Annual meeting in the Spring Term 2012. The implementation of this policy is the responsibility of all staff.
Teaching and learning is the purpose of our school. Homework is considered a valuable mean of developing links-between home and school. We believe in working together in partnership with parents to ensure a good education for all children.
It is for this reason that we believe it is important that children begin to bring ‘work’ home from an early age.
The School Of Intellectuals aim to:
Encourage children to work at home on a regular basis
Ensure that all children read at home or share a book with their parents
Encourage children to learn their spellings and multiplication tables
Develop research skills and independent learning in order to prepare children for life and secondary school and life long learning
Give further practice in basic skills (e.g. handwriting) which is set at the discretion of class teachers after negotaition with parents
Our approach to ‘homework’ varies throughout the school according to the age and ability of the child.
We believe that homework will be of most benefit if it is given parental support and encouragment.
We are sensitive to the fact that there are times when homework is not appropriate because of fimily circumstances
Strategies for Ensuring Continuity and Progression
As our approach to homework varies throughout the school. We seek to increase the amount and variety as the child moves from key stage 1 to key stage 2 (Nursery & Prep). All children have some homework weekly, based on their reading Programme. There may be a supplementary task.
If children are off school because they are sick then we do not send work home unless there are specific circumstances where we believe the child is well enough to work. This can be discussed with the head teacher (eg broken leg).
Sometimes parents request to take holidays in school time and may ask for their children to be given homework for that period. This is not normally possible, although advice will be given.
The effectiveness of this policy will be reviewed and discussed at a staff meeting in the Spring Term 2015.Any consequent revisions to the policy will be presented to the governing body for discussion at their terminal meeting in the Summer Term 2015.
Note: Home work diary is issued to all students. It is a link between parents, students and staff, Parents are advised to see the diary of his/her son/ daughter on daily basis.