The purpose of homework at Thrumpton is to:

  • provide opportunities for parents to be involved in their child’s learning
  • enable children to practise and consolidate skills
  • broaden the context of learning and provide enrichment and extension
  • help children to develop skills and attitudes they need for successful lifelong learning, including self-discipline
  • encourage the development of independent learning skills, including enquiry, research and investigation
  • promote the idea that learning extends beyond the classroom and can be achieved in many ways
  • prepare older children for the demands of secondary school

Homework provided by school is just one aspect of activities which pupils may be involved in outside of school and we acknowledge the value of participation in clubs and activities which develop children’s broader skills. As such, we will recognise this involvement and celebrate successes and achievements in the same way as we celebrate achievements and effort of learning which takes place within school.

We will do our utmost to ensure that:

  • homework is provided consistently and is well matched to the child’s ability
  • feedback is provided where appropriate
  • tasks are interesting and promote engagement and enjoyment of learning
  • we monitor time taken to complete homework and address parental concerns relating to homework
  • tasks set are clear, unambiguous and require minimum resources
  • training for parents to help support their child’s learning will be provided where appropriate
  • consistency of practice throughout school is monitored by the Leadership Team
  • we support pupils in the completion of their homework where circumstances make this difficult
  • we promote, welcome, recognise and value efforts and achievements from activities which take place outside of school

We hope that parents and carers will:

  • support the school in the implementation of this policy
  • work as partners in the education of their children
  • provide feedback about homework tasks where necessary