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At Hadleigh High School we believe homework is a key part of school life. It allows students to develop their skills and knowledge independently and makes the difference between good and great progress. Homework alone is not enough - it must be of a high quality. We strive for all of the homework we set to be engaging and challenging, but above all, worthwhile.

Why homework matters - five key reasons

As the world of education changes, homework is more important than ever. So, what are the five most important reasons homework is important in modern education?


  • GCSE courses have moved away from controlled assessments and modular exams to having a greater emphasis on end of course exams.  As a result, it is essential students become independent learners at as early an age as possible.
  • With the emergence of the internet, information is more readily available than any other time in history. Relevant, investigative, homework tasks inspire pupils to explore this wealth of information for themselves.
  • Beyond academic success, important life skills can be learnt through independent study. Only by working without the support of teachers can students learn how to self-manage, decipher relevant information and find answers for themselves.
  • It isn’t the work completed in class that will ultimately decide students’ GCSE results. It’s the hours at home or in the library that allow students to hone the knowledge and skills required for success.
  • Homework can be fun! It’s an opportunity for parents and other adults to take an active interest in what their child is doing.

Help with home learning - but don’t do it for them.

Be mindful of how much computer ‘research’ time is used.  It is not always helpful.

Set aside a place for home learning to be undertaken.

It is very important for your child that you show your support for them in doing homework. To help you know what is going on with homework, your child is issued with a pupil planner at the start of the school year in September. In this planner there is a page showing the homework timetable and which subjects your child should have for homework on each evening.


Please make sure that you sign this page. Check what homework is being set and whether or not your child is doing it and each week sign the section at the bottom of each double page spread. Your child should have homework for 2 or 3 subjects each evening. The length of each piece of homework will vary, but as a rough guide your child should spend the following amount of time on each subject:


  • Year 7—30 minutes per subject
  • Year 8—40 minutes per subject
  • Year 9—45 minutes per subject


In Years 10 and 11 we would expect that your child will be spending on average 2 hours per night on GCSE work at home. Your child must complete each piece of home learning to the best of their ability.

Let your child see you reading - better still read with them.

Keep pens, pencils and calculators available to avoid lost time ‘searching’ for equipment.

Learn together by extending topics through visits and discussion

Parents/carers can help their children prepare for homework by:


  • Setting aside a place for homework to be done; this can be as simple as the end of the kitchen table or as elaborate as a desk with a lamp in a special place;
  • Making sure the necessary equipment is available - pencils, eraser, paper, crayons, etc.;
  • Setting aside a special time for homework each day; do not wait until your child is nearly ready for bed, it is likely they will be too tired;
  • Insisting that the television be turned off so that your child can concentrate; sometimes playing music at low volume helps to mask household sounds;
  • If there is a lot of homework, helping your child to structure the time; set a timer and encourage short breaks of a few minutes;
  • Signing your child’s planner for the appropriate week and report any concerns to your child’s form tutor via the planner.


Checklist for home learning


  • Pupils need a quiet place to do their homework. This is essential;
  • Keep pens, pencils and calculators handy;
  • Have a dictionary available to use;
  • Get involved with their homework, help them, but do not do their home learning for them;
  • Look at their books and take an interest in what they are doing;
  • Put learning into practice;
  • Get out and about, learning together, let your child plan the trip;
  • Watch out for television programmes that have something to do with school and are educational - sit down and watch them together;
  • Make learning enjoyable using games, books and the internet (please monitor internet usage carefully however);
  • Homework is done at the end of the day but the best way to keep your child’s energy at a high level is to provide a healthy breakfast at the start of the day, lunch and an evening meal.