Homework Policy

 

Our aim at Fortrose Academy is, through the use of appropriate differentiated materials and teaching and learning strategies, to offer all pupils access to a curriculum which is challenging and attainable.

Homework is an essential part of the learning process for all pupils.  It is set at various times to:

 

  • Encourage the involvement of parents and carers in their children’s learning.

  • Develop good independent home study habits.

  • Reinforce, review or consolidate classroom learning.

  • Complete research exercises.

  • Develop presentations to be given to the class.

  • Provide opportunities to complete tasks begun in class.

  • Provide opportunities to apply skills or knowledge already gained in school.

  • Allow for more detailed or extended study and develop examination techniques.

  • Support completion of a course and presentation of evidence for accreditation purposes.

  • Encourage good habits of personal organisation, self-discipline and independent learning.

 

All work completed in class should be revised at home on a very regular basis.

 

The amount of time spent on homework can vary depending on stage and subject.  Pupils in S1 and S2 should receive no more than 15-20 minutes of homework per week from any one subject, there must be an allowance, however, for larger pieces of homework that are given less frequently.  In S2, pupils could expect up to 30 minutes homework per week from any one subject and in the Senior Phase pupils can expect up to one hour of homework per night although there may be times, when assessment is due, that revision may take more time than this.

 

In most departments, pupils should be given one week to complete homework to ensure that they can manage their time effectively.  Again there are exceptions as students may be asked to complete classwork for the following class and in some subjects homework may be more regular. 

 

Pupils in S1 and S2 should consider homework and revision as part of normal school routine and as an integral part of courses, thus developing good habits of study and building the independent study skills which are essential in later years.  Every pupil will be provided with a homework diary to help them, and their teachers and parents monitor the provision of homework throughout the school.  Parents are asked to look at these diaries on a regular basis, to enable them to monitor how much homework is being given, and that it is being completed properly.    

 

In the upper school, homework is essential for the completion of National Courses and Higher/Advanced Higher courses and to develop the independent study skills required for work, tertiary and higher education.  It is critically important at these stages that learners undertake regular revision of class and course work in addition to formal homework tasks set by the teacher.  The school will contact parents if pupils are failing to complete homework exercises.

 

At all stages, it is generally helpful for parents to set a regular regime for homework.  Particular aids to study include the following, where they can be provided:

 

  • A regular time for doing homework e.g. setting aside an hour when the pupil returns from school or a ‘slot’ at another time each evening.

  • Encouraging learners to make plans to ensure that homework is done systematically, and not left to the night before the deadline.  A two week plan, constantly updated can be very effective, and can create good study habits for life.

  • A quiet environment, away from television and other distractions if possible.

  • A desk or table with a good writing surface, and room to spread materials.

 

Regular discussion of schoolwork, checking of homework diaries, and in particular ensuring that tasks set have been completed to deadline are also important in establishing a homework routine.