At Bloxwich Academy Primary we believe homework is anything children do outside the normal school day that contributes to their learning, in response to guidance from the school. Homework encompasses a whole variety of activities instigated by teachers and parents/carers to support the children's learning.
Research by the Educational Endowment Fund shows that there is the potential for adding 2 months to the progress of each child through their school career through the setting of effective homework tasks. Evidence also suggests that how homework relates to learning during normal school time is important. In order to be most effective, homework should be an integral part of learning, rather than an add-on.
- Appropriate parental involvement is an important component of homework.
- Children will be given adequate time to complete set tasks.
- Homework set will be mindful of resources available for use at home.
- Parents and teachers need to communicate with each other if there are any problems with children completing homework.
Homework needs to be:
- interesting, challenging, and where appropriate, open-ended.
- balanced with a range of recreational, family and cultural activities.
- purposeful, meaningful and relevant to the curriculum.