At Villiers High School, we believe homework is an important way for pupils to engage with learning outside of the classroom. Evidence has demonstrated that pupils who fully engage with homework and reflect on its outcomes through feedback can further their academic progress significantly.
Homework set at Villiers complements the schemes of learning and assessments. It develops skills and knowledge and places the emphasis of assessment onto pupils to encourage self-reflection. It always has a creative and challenging element which creates the opportunity for pupils to think outside of the box. The homework is designed in advance, quality assured and is feasible for teachers to assess and balance around lesson preparation and other teaching and learning activities. Parents are encouraged to support pupils by reviewing tasks set online and ensuring it is completed to their best of their ability in a timely manner.
The homework will create opportunities to push pupil understanding, creativity and critical thinking further and beyond the scope of the specification. Preparation for termly assessments form a key part of all subject homework, but in addition to this:
In Years 7,8 and 9, homework focuses on more frequent knowledge and skills based tasks for English, maths, science, history, geography and computer science. For all other subjects, homework takes the form of a project that is completed over a half term.
In Years 10 and 11, all pupils are set homework for GCSE subjects which focuses on knowledge, subject skills and exam skills. For BTEC courses, teachers will ask pupils to note tasks in their planners.
In Years 12 and 13, A level homework covers knowledge and skills but also encourages higher-level wider reading. Pupils work on tasks consistently over the course of the week and complete a section of their weekly homework tasks prior to every lesson. For BTEC courses, homework will be related to exam and coursework units.
Homework examples below and on the side