At Wickersley, we consider homework to be an important part of the learning process: it allows students to develop their research and independent learning skills, as well as consolidating in-class learning.
However, we also believe in setting homework when it is necessary, relevant and meaningful. Therefore, your child may not be set homework on a weekly basis in all subject areas. Instead, their teachers will set homework when they deem it necessary for the pupils’ development. Students should expect to receive feedback on their homework: this may be verbal or written. This feedback should make clear any targets for further development needed.
As students progress through the key stages, they can expect the homework and revision demands to increase, in line with external examinations. By the end of KS4 and especially at KS5, it is expected that students, as well as completing set homework and revision tasks, will be driving their own learning, by reading widely and revising key content and skills.
Homework may be set using a variety of media, including writing essays or producing posters. It may often include using digital formats such as google classroom. Many students with their own Chromebook can access much of this at home. For students who do not have access to a computer or the internet at home, the school have computers available in the upper school common room (USC). This is open at 8am every day for use before school, and until 4pm for after school use. Here students can access the internet, and any printing resources required. Pupils are encouraged to record their homework in a way that suits them: google calendars, notes in their phone or even in a notebook. This is designed to increase their independence and ability to note and track their deadlines. We encourage parents to support their child to find a system that works for them.