Reading & Homework
The ongoing development of readings skills and supplementary work set as tasks outside of lessons are vital in maximising the progress of all students.
Below are some useful resources and guidance to support students to reach their potential.
The St Mark’s homework policy is based on research that states ‘homework has a positive impact on learning of + 5 months, particularly with pupils in secondary schools’ and (EEF, 2021)
The St Mark’s Homework Policy states that:
- At Key Stage 3 (Years 7,8 & 9), students should spend approximately 30 mins per week per subject. For some subjects, this homework might be half termly project based.
- At Key stage 4 (Years 10 & 11), students should spend approximately one hour per week per subject.
- At Key stage 5 (Years 12 & 13), students should spend approximately 5 hours per week per subject.
For homework to effectively compliment learning in the classroom, all students need to be engaged in homework completion and non-compliance will result in a detention.
Sanctions relating to homework are as follows:
- Non-completion of homework will result in a 30 min detention.
- A text message will be sent to parent or carers when a sanction is issued.
- Students will be expected to complete work during this detention to promote our vision that students will be supported to realise their God given potential
- Termly reports will be sent to all families to share data about homework completion.
To support learners, and avoid sanctions being necessary, we have introduced the following support mechanisms:
- Access to all homework and classwork on Teams and paper copies provided where required
- Daily homework club in a supervised IT room from 3:05 – 4pm
- Daily access to the library at lunchtime and after school
- Support with IT issues through a pastoral referral process
- One to one support through teachers or coaches
Useful Learning Resources
Parents: Download our guide to using Show My Homework below