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Homework Policy at SET Beccles School

In Years 7-9, homework is set in English, Maths, Science and Modern Foreign Languages. 30 minutes for each piece in Years 7 and 8 and 45 minutes in Year 9.

In Years 10 and 11, the routine is 1-2 hours a week of English, Maths and Science and 1 hour for all other subjects. There is of course an increase as students move into Year 11 and around mock examinations and then final examinations.

In addition, Extended Projects are set each half term for Years 7 and 8.

Year 7 Projects

  • Michaelmas Term 1- History
  • Michaelmas Term 2- Music
  • Lent Term 1- Geography
  • Lent Term 2- Art
  • Trinity Term 1- Religion and Ethics
  • Trinity Term 2 – DT

Year 8 Projects

  • Michaelmas Term 1- DT
  • Michaelmas Term 2- Religion and Ethics
  • Lent Term 1- History
  • Lent Term 2- Music
  • Trinity Term 1- Geography
  • Trinity Term 2- Art

Homework Project Guidance

In Year 7 and 8 in addition to 30 minutes of set homework for English, Maths, Science and Modern Foreign Languages, there will be a rotation of extended projects.

What are the aims of the project homework?

  • To make homework more meaningful and allow a genuine dialogue between teacher and student.
  • To encourage the development of better organisational skills and greater independence for learners.
  • To encourage a more creative and personalised approach to learning.
  • To show case these projects around the school, so students have a real sense of pride in their work.
  • To communicate more effectively with parents and hopefully improve parental understanding and engagement with homework.
  • To make homework more manageable.
  • To provide an appropriate challenge for all students.
  • To create links between topics and subjects.
  • To highlight and underpin the core knowledge taught in the Schemes of Work, to help really embed this knowledge for the students.

How much time is my child supposed to spend on this homework?

It is envisaged that your child should spend up to 30 minutes a week on their project homework.

What support is available in school?

A weekly lunchtime homework club will be run by specific departments to offer any help needed with these.

How can I find out what is expected of my child?

Your child will receive a task sheet for each piece of homework set.

How can I help my child?

Probably the most important thing you can do is encourage your child to organise their time effectively and to discuss their ideas with you.

How much help should I give my child?

This is their homework so do not feel you are expected to actually do the work for them! To a certain extent learning from your mistakes is actually an important part of the learning process. Take an interest, proof read, encourage but try not to take over!

We do not have a computer or internet access at home. Will this disadvantage my child?

None of the tasks have to be done on a computer and books can be used for research.  Students will have access to IT facilities in school. A weekly lunchtime club is run where computers are available.

What happens if my child does not hand in their work?

Should there be any legitimate reason why your child has not completed their Homework Project  please communicate with your son/daughters teacher. Otherwise the student’s subject teacher will issue an appropriate sanction in-line with school policy.