Homework

Overview

Research has shown that homework for secondary school students has a positive effective size of 0.64 (Hattie, 2021). To put this into context, an effect size of 0.5 is the equivalent to a one grade improvement at GCSE or A-Level. Research has also shown that the highest effect sizes for homework are associated with the practice or rehearsal of previously learnt subject matter, and that short, frequent and closely monitored homework is more effective than extended pieces of homework.

MacBeath and Turner (1990) outline a number of considerations for designing effective homework, including: homework should be manageable; homework should be challenging but not too difficult; homework should promote self-confidence and understanding; there should be recognition or reward for work done; there should be guidance and support.

Vatterott (2010) identified five fundamental characteristics of good homework: purpose, efficiency, ownership, competence, and aesthetic appeal.

Purpose: Homework should be meaningful and students must understand the purpose of any task(s) set

Efficiency: Homework should not take a disproportionate amount of time

Ownership: Students need to feel connected to the content they are learning, and understand its purpose

Competence: Students should feel competent when completing homework

Inspiring: Well-considered and clearly designed resource and task impacts positively upon student motivation.

Homework at Bexleyheath Academy

The homework strategy at Bexleyheath Academy is based on the following principles:

  • Homework will be set on a regular weekly cycle

  • Homework will be used to revise/revisit previously learnt material, using an interleaving approach

  • Homework will utilise high-quality existing resources (e.g. Seneca Learning; Tassomai, Mathswatch etc.)

  • Homework will be centrally set and monitored at KS3 and KS4


Setting Homework

Homework will be set at 08:45 every Monday and will be due at 23:45 every Sunday. The Homework Lead will set, monitor and track the completion of homework for their year group(s). KS5 teachers will set, monitor and track the completion of homework for their individual classes. Homework activities will utilise high-quality existing resources (e.g. Seneca Learning; Mathswatch) and students in KS3 and KS4 will be set approximately 20 minutes of homework, per subject (as outlined below), per week. All homework will appear in the students Google Classroom for them to undertake with links taking them to the appropriate task(s)

Seneca

SENECA is an online platform that has smart learning algorithms are proven to make you remember topics better. If a student gets a question wrong, it will show the content again but in a different format. It will even do it at a time when it’s optimal for the student to learn it. SENECA has also hand-selected the best GIFs and memes on the internet so revision makes the student laugh instead of it being stressful. Seneca is a learning platform designed with neuroscientists. Students can use it to help them understand and learn all of their subjects whilst at school or when revising for exams.

MathsWatch

MathsWatch is the complete online Maths platform that makes learning available to your students 24/7 from anywhere in the world. There is video content applicable to a range of exam level subjects, taking students through everything they need to know to get the best possible results. Every clip has real exam questions for students to do - because we all know that to be good at Maths, a student has to do it, not just watch it. Mathswatch has award winning algorithms which allows 'working out' to be marked as well. Teachers and students get real-time feedback on learners' progress, allowing them to monitor their development as they go.

Tassomai

Students learn through quizzes and short videos, using our mobile app or other online devices. Content is broken down into bite sized chunks and tailored to each user, as the algorithm works out what students know and where they need to focus their efforts. Tassomai starts by analysing a subject, turning everything a learner needs to know into quiz questions that teach as well as test. Every question answered helps Tassomai build up a detailed knowledge profile, painting a picture of that child’s understanding. Tassomai’s intelligent algorithm works out what a student knows and what they don’t, continually adapting the content for each learner. Tassomai keeps learning, discovering more about what a student understands with every single interaction.





Bedrock

Bedrock Learning enables students to learn vocabulary that transforms their learning and literacy, equipping them with the knowledge they need to improve their educational outcomes. All students now have access to both Bedrock Vocabulary and Bedrock Grammar. Bedrock Vocabulary is a research-based curriculum that teaches students the language they need to succeed at school. The digital vocabulary curriculum teaches through a series of multi-modal and interactive activities. The rigorous assessment feeds data back to the teacher, enabling us to easily monitor progress. Bedrock Grammar immerses students in engaging learning experiences, using stories, video, interactive activities and scaffolded writing opportunities. Everything is taught through original fiction and non-fiction. Students are expected to complete one topic of Bedrock Vocabulary and one topic of Bedrock Grammar each week as their Personal Development homework allocation.

KS3 Homework

Students in KS3 will complete approximately 20 minutes of homework for each of their Ebacc subjects, as outlined in the table below. In addition, students will complete 40 minutes of reading per week.


KS4 Homework

Students in KS4 will complete approximately 20-30 minutes of homework for all of their subjects, as outlined in the table below. Should a teacher, set additional homework, it is the teacher's prerogative. There will be times, especially pre and during the exam season where this will become apparent.


KS5 Homework

Students in KS5 will complete at least one hour of homework for all of their subjects, as outlined in the table below, which also includes 4 x Extended pieces of homework per week (40 mins per task) Reading and Research assignments (60 mins per task)