School based support
Homework in the Library
At Mount Carmel we offer:
- A ‘Homework’ club in the Library on weekdays following school. This allows pupils to complete their tasks in a calm environment with the opportunity for support from experienced colleagues.
- The Library is fully equipped with ICT facilities and internet access.
We encourage all our pupils:
To use the Library and its facilities by attending Homework club.
To attend any intervention that is offered to ensure there are no gaps in the learning of your child.
We use Edulink to upload homework. All pupils are provided with a log-in for this platform.
Use this link to log-in to Kerboodle.
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Mount Carmel Homework Policy
“When a teacher sets a task and marks a pupil’s response, a dialogue is set up between teacher and learner from which both sides have much to gain.” DfE Paper – Making Marking Matter
- To extend learning beyond the classroom in order to raise overall achievement for every pupil at Mount Carmel.
- To consolidate, develop and review skills and knowledge that have been learned.
- To promote independent learning as an essential life skill, which may include research tasks and extended projects that are designed to help pupils develop their knowledge and understanding in subjects. It may be that longer deadlines are set for project based activities and milestones will be used to check progress.
- To prepare pupils for future learning.
- To develop subjects specific ‘skills’ and exam techniques through activities that prepare pupils for both KS3 and KS4 GCSE successes
- To develop literacy, communication and numeracy skills across subjects.
- To be assessed in accordance with the marking policy; feedback data may be used towards pupil tracking and monitoring of pupil progress so that interventions can be used where necessary (with a particular focus on DP, HAP and SEN)
Underlying principles of Homework
- Learners have an entitlement to expect ‘Homework’ from all subjects.
- It should help enhance the pupil / parent / teacher partnership
- To complete work not suited to the classroom situation
- Homework is to be marked in accordance with the schools marking policy and aims to support pupils make progress towards their target grades.
- Extended projects are set with guidance on completion and checkpoints are provided to support pupils develop their time management and organisational skills.
- ‘Show my Homework’ is to be used by teachers to as a tool to make homework available to both pupils and parents.
- All homework and deadlines must be recorded in the pupil planner and through ‘Show my Homework’.
- At Key stage 3 homework should be set in line with the school homework timetable for year 7-9
- At Key Stage 4 a minimum time of two hours should be allocated to homework each evening.
- Homework at both Key Stages should be used to develop and challenge the skills and knowledge required for academic success at GCSE.
- Pupils who do not complete homework are recorded on SIMs and may have to attend a specific homework detention after school on a designated evening, in line with the behaviour policy.
Supporting your child in their Homework
The role of Parents/Carers:
- To ensure your child spends the allocated time per year group each night consolidating their learning by reading through content covered in class time.
- To ensure your child spends 30 minutes each night with a reading book. This will help develop their literacy skills which are essential for academic and future success in life.
The following times are minimum recommendations for time to be spent on Homework per night:
Year 7 – 30 minutes per subject set
Year 8 – 30 minutes per subject set
Year 9 – 40 minutes per subject set
Year 10 – 40 minutes per subject set
Year 11 – 40 minutes per subject set