"The more you do your homework, the more you’re free to be intuitive. But you’ve got to put the work in. "

- Edward Norton

Educational research shows that students who regularly complete purposeful homework which is well matched to their classroom learning, accelerate their learning by five months per academic year.

Independent Learning

At Aylward Academy, we believe that there is significant value in Independent Learning tasks for students, as they prepare for the learning taking place, revise and practice skills taught in the classroom, and develop their organisational and time management skills.

There are many purposes of homework, both in terms of the learning of content and development of skills. These include:

  • To consolidate in-class learning
  • To develop thinking skills
  • To be creative- homework doesn’t necessarily have to be with pen and paper
  • To improve ICT, literacy and numeracy skills across all subjects, and to be ready to work in the 21st century- students should have the opportunity to study ahead
  • To stretch students beyond the learning in lesson
  • To develop the independence and resilience necessary to be a successful learner

Student Learning Journal - You will sign the journal weekly, ensuring that you are aware of the work that has been set. There is an opportunity to write to class teachers or tutors through the comments page, for clarity or further exemplification.

Show my Homework - A web based application that allows parents, students and staff to communicate with relation to homework that has been set. The student planner format allows you to quickly and visibly see which subjects have set independent learning tasks in any given week.

Expectations of Students:

  • To bring your journal to school every day
  • To use your journal consistently to record all homework, including handing in dates
  • To use the journal effectively as a learning tool
  • To become an independent learner, and organise yourself to complete “Climbing Towards Excellence”” tasks during the holidays
  • Download learning apps such as “Show My Homework” on your phone or tablet and use them regularly to support your learning
  • To bring the correct books to all lessons

Expectations of Parents/Carers:

  • To check your child’s journal on a daily basis
  • To sign your child’s journal weekly
  • Download the “Show My Homework” app on your phone or tablet and monitor your child’s homework
  • To sign all tasks completed for holiday “Climbing Towards Excellence” projects
  • To engage with your child about the content of their homework
  • To provide suitable working conditions at home
  • To contact the Academy in the event of homework issues
  • To support your child to ensure that they bring all necessary books and materials to the Academy

Expectations of teachers:

  • To set appropriate homework as per the homework timetable
  • To acknowledge or focus mark all written homework
  • To ensure that homework is clearly labelled as such in books
  • To give students homework that extends their learning

Expectations of tutors:

  • To check and sign journals weekly
  • To liaise with a director of learning/Head of College where appropriate where there are concerns with a student’s organisational skills
  • Parents should support their child and the Academy by checking the diaries regularly and by asking to see their child’s homework once completed and even helping them complete aspects of it if their child is having difficulties.

What do I do if I need my log in details?

Speak to your tutor who will provide them for you.

What if I need help with my homework?

Come and speak to your class teacher, before the lesson to arrange a time for extra help.

Is there a homework club?

Yes. Homework club runs every lunchtime in W106. Students have access to computers and will have support with logging on to Show My Homework, or with completion of any of their homework tasks. They can also use Homework Club as a study space. Students who attend regularly will receive a loyalty card and a chance to win prizes.


Show My Homework allows you to see the details of the tasks your child has been set, as well as the submission status and grades.

Simply visit AYLWARD ACADEMY : SHOW MY HOMEWORK to view our school’s live homework calendar and log in.

  • 24/7 access
  • View quality and quantity of homework
  • Translation into over 50 languages
  • Apps available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android devices
  • Receive automated notifications before homework is due

We are confident that this service provides parents with a deeper insight into the homework their child receives. More importantly, we hope that it will improve each child’s organisation, time-management, and help them to keep on top of their workload.

If you or your child have any questions about the service, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at Show My Homework, who are always happy to help. Just email help@showmyhomework.co.uk or call 0207 197 9550.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How often will independent learning tasks be set?

This will vary depending on the subject, but as a rough guide we should expect:


  • English, Maths & Science - 2 x 30mins
  • Art/Technology/IT/Performing Arts/Humanities/PE/Languages - 1 x 30mins


  • English, Maths & Science - 2 x 45mins
  • Option Subjects - 2 x 45mins


  • Minimum of 12 hours independent work each cycle.

How long should I spend on independent learning tasks?

Of course, it depends on the task and where appropriate specific guidance will be given. However, students should be spending a minimum of 30 minutes completing a task. This should mean that if students are managing their time appropriately, they are spending at least one hour each evening completing their tasks.

Is there an Independent Learning Timetable?

At the beginning of the school year in September, teachers will nominate the days on which homework will be set in each class. This will provide each student with a personalised timetable. Tutors will work with students on time management approaches where appropriate.

How long will I have to complete a task?

Staff will usually give students a week to complete a task. Occasionally a shorter deadline may be given. If students struggle to meet that deadline, they should speak to their teacher before the deadline in the first instance.

What if I need help?

If we need help completing a task, we can ask our class teachers. Sometimes this may mean making an appointment to meet them and talk through the task.

What if I miss a deadline?

If a task is not submitted, we would allocate a 30 minute detention. A new deadline would be negotiated with the student.

If there are exceptional circumstances, please bring a note explaining these to your class teacher.

What if my work is not up to the required standard?

We expect independent learning tasks to be well presented, and reflect high levels of effort. If we make mistakes, that is fine - it is part of the learning process. We may receive opportunities to redraft and reflect upon work completed.

If our work is not completed to an appropriate standard, the teacher will make a decision about the appropriate sanction.