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“Our vision is nothing less than realising the full potential of every single student at Murray Park.” “At Murray Park we will enrich the lives of our students through a focus on learning and a diverse curriculum delivered by inspirational staff. We aim to be an outstanding school, fulfilling the aspirations of the local community.”

School leaders are relentless in their ambition to raise achievement - OFSTED 2014

Homework at Murray Park

As a school we will:

  • Guarantee equal opportunities for all students to access and complete all homework set, by ensuring resources are available, including access to IT equipment in non-lesson time during every school day.
  • Heads of Subject will help ensure subject work demands, in particular Centre Assessed Units, are carefully calendared to ensure that student workloads are manageable and subject conflicts are minimised.
  • Curricular and Pastoral Leaders will ensure that any parental concerns regarding homework are dealt with promptly and appropriately

Teaching Staff will:

  • Set appropriate homework tasks in line with the time guidelines for the relevant year group and subject (see table below).
  • Ensure students record details in their planner and/or enter details onto Homework section of the Parent Portal for student and parent access.
  • Check completion and standard of homework tasks, assess and use school rewards system if appropriate (Homework requiring marking will be marked in line with school Marking and Feedback Policy).
  • Return assessed homework to students within one week
  • Ensure students who miss deadlines attend detention or homework club

Students will:

  • Record homework tasks in planner and access the Homework section of the Parent Portal for details of set tasks.
  • Label tasks as ‘Homework’, Date all work, Adhere to Murray Park standard of presentation (Title, date, underlined with a ruler, blue or black pen, drawings in pencil)
  • Complete and hand in all homework on time
  • Attend Homework Club or detention as instructed by teaching staff in order to complete missing work.

Parents will:

  • Check student’s planner or Homework section of the Parent Portal for details of set tasks.
  • Support students in meeting deadlines with well-presented and detailed work.
  • Support the school staff in ensuring that detentions or opportunities to do high quality homework in Homework Club are undertaken.

 

Homework Duration Guidance:

Homework should extend and enrich school based learning and the duration of tasks should be age and ability appropriate (maximum and minimum allocations should be adhered to). Therefore, the completion of such tasks should be achievable in an appropriate time frame. Teaching staff are expected to follow the year group and subject guidance below for homework task duration.

Throughout each half term all departments have the flexibility to set either regular weekly homework tasks or extended learning tasks, based on a structured time frame. Most departments will use a combination of weekly and extended tasks to ensure that work is specifically directed to the needs of the students and course requirements.

All references to frequency and duration are based on a weekly cycle. Due to the timetable, in practice homework may be set fortnightly i.e. IT 1 hour per fortnight to allow time for work to be taken in and marked by staff. Homework should never be set with a deadline for the next day and all homework tasks which are assessed should have success criteria, which are shared with students at the time the homework is set. Results should be returned to students within one week.

 

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Subject

Homework

Subject

Homework

Subject

Homework

English

0.5 to 1 hour

English

1 to 1.5 hour

English

1 to 1.5 hour

Maths

0.5 to 1 hour

Maths

1 to 1.5 hour

Maths

  1 to 1.5 hour

Science

0.5 to 1 hour

Science

1 to 1.5 hour

Science

  1 to 1.5 hour

Technology

0.5 hour

Technology

0.5 hour

Technology

0.5 to 1 hour

ICT

0.5 hour

ICT

0.5 hour

ICT

0.5 hour

New Horizons

0.5 to 1 hour

New Horizons

1 to 1.5 hour

RS

0.5 to 1 hour

Art

0.5 hour

Art

0.5 hour

Art

0.5 to 1 hour

French

0.5 hour

French

0.5 hour

Geography

0.5 to 1 hour

Music/Drama

0.5 hour

Music/Drama

0.5 hour

History

0.5 to 1 hour

PE

none

PE

none

French

0.5 to 1 hour

 

 

 

 

Music/Drama

0.5 hour

Weekly Total

4.5 hours min

6.5 hours max

Weekly Total

6.5 hrs min

8.5 hrs max

Weekly Total

7 hours min

11 hours max

 

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, particularly in Year 11, some of the time allocated for homework will be used for self- supported study.

Year 10

Year 11

Subject

Homework

Subject

Homework

English

1-2 hour

English

1-2 hour

Maths

1-2 hour

Maths

1-2 hour

Science

1-2 hour

Science

1-2 hour

SMSC

0.5 hour

SMSC

0.5 hour

Optional Courses (4)

1 to 1.5 hour x 4

Optional

Courses

1 to1.5 hour x 4

Weekly Total

7.5 hours min

12.5 hours max

Weekly Total

7.5 hours min

12.5 hours max

 

Type of Homework

The work set for homework is likely to include work that:

  • Develops/Encourages habits of individual self-discipline.
  • Reinforces and extends any learning that has taken place in school – completing specific tasks
  • Provides opportunities for research and creativity for projects and classroom presentations.
  • Uses IT equipment to complete online questions e.g. MyMaths
  • Reading in preparation for the next stage of learning (Flip Learning) including preparing oral work for speaking and listening work.
  • Revision for exams or learning for tests.
  • ELOs, written assignments and projects.

The amount of work set should be both manageable by the students and in terms of preparation and marking manageable by the teacher.

Study Support Club

We have opened our study support club with access to the library and 30 computers. This is staff by qualified members of our team and is open to all students.

Opening Times

Monday

-

 Friday

8:00

-

 8:30am

12:20

-

 1:00pm

3:00

-

 4:00pm