Campbeltown Grammar School – Homework Policy
1. Rationale of this Policy
- to promote the importance of independent learning, and the
concepts of the twenty-four hour curriculum and life-long learning
- to assist pupils in achieving their potential
- to encourage pupils to take responsibility for aspects of their own
- to encourage and develop pupils’ ability to plan and organise the
time they spend learning
- to emphasise the view that homework is an important aspect of
learning and teaching, intended to raise pupil attainment and
enhance pupils’ learning experiences
- to outline school policy and good practice in relation to
homework, so that parents are better informed about aspects of
their children’s learning.
2. Good homework can:
- consolidate learning which occurred in class
- stimulate and interest pupils in their learning
- encourage pupils to learn and adopt useful and effective study
- support pupils in their learning of new topics
- provide assistance and support for pupils who need additional
support and opportunities to learn
- provide extension work for more able, more talented and
- encourage a stronger sense of responsibility, by prompting pupils
to develop a sense of ownership of their learning outside the
class, and promoting enhanced self-awareness in learning
- help pupils to develop resilience through their learning outside
the classroom, encouraging pupils to work towards completing
challenges independently, to think about what they learning and
about how they learn best.
3. Principles underlying the Homework Policy
- Responsibility for the completion of homework rests with the
pupil, suitably supported by parents/carers.
- In order to reflect the breadth and balance of the curriculum,
homework should be provided in all subject areas and for all levels of study.
- Homework should be carefully planned and integrated into the
wider teaching and learning (see the CGS Teaching and Learning
statement) which occurs in the classroom.
- Homework activities should be clearly relevant to learning
outcomes and apposite to the course and level of study
- Homework should be targeted to the needs of pupils.
- Wherever possible, homework should stimulate pupils’ interest in
- Homework should be set in appropriate quantities, and allow
reasonable time for completion.
- In accordance with the general consensus of academic research,
homework should increase incrementally in frequency and level of challenge as the pupil progresses through to the Senior phase of the school.
- Homework tasks should be carefully presented so that tasks can
be clearly understood by pupils and parents/carers.
- Homework should be accessible to pupils, so that the extent of
access to technology at home does not impede the completion of
4. Types of Homework
- Homework can be useful in consolidating learning, by encouraging pupils to practise, revise, engage with texts and topics covered in class, and apply new knowledge and skills.
- Homework can be useful in preparing pupils for future lessons, by
encouraging background reading, research, and thus taking on
responsibility for aspects of their learning.
- Homework can be useful in encouraging/allowing pupils to carry
out assignments which need not necessarily be completed in the
- Homework can consist of single, short, activities, or more
extensive, long-term assignments/projects which might involve
pupils engaging in a series of skills and related tasks; e.g. selecting, investigating, researching, planning, organising, designing, drafting and redrafting.
5. School Practice
- Teachers will ensure that homework is accessible to all pupils;
ensure instructions are clearly given and understood; issue
homework regularly, in line with departmental practice; monitor
and give feedback on pupils’ completed homework tasks.
- Departments will develop their own homework policy to suit the
requirements of courses taught, the needs of pupils, and adhering
to whole school principles for teaching and learning.
- Principal Teachers will monitor and review departmental
- Senior Managers will oversee the development of departmental
homework provision; will ensure that homework is in place across all subjects; will inform parents of the aims, principles and
practices of the whole school homework policy, and its place in
wider teaching and learning.
- Homework will be issued to pupils via the ShowMyHomework
application, including pertinent materials, to ensure pupils are
able to plan and organise their time to complete homework tasks,
as well as alerting parents/carers to the completion dates of tasks
set across all subjects (see Appendix 1).
- can make an important contribution to the learning process by
helping pupils to develop good homework and study habits
- can help pupils by ensuring that they have access to materials and
resources necessary for the completion of tasks
- can help their children by their awareness/understanding of the
child’s learning style
- can help by talking to their children about what they are learning,
about its importance to their development, and by attempting to
apply knowledge and skills in other life situations
- can encourage that appropriate time is planned for and set aside
for homework, by checking with their children and the
- can access ShowMyHomework, which will inform parents of when homework is due, and how long it should take
- can communicate with the school/teacher where extra
information or guidance is needed
- can show that they are ready and able to take some responsibility
for aspects of their own learning
- ensure that homework is completed to the best of their ability,
and submitted on time
- can plan the time to be spent on their homework, in order to
allow time for out-of-school activities and family life, while still
accepting the part played by learning experiences and activities
outside the classroom
- can show that they are able to seek support and extra help on
challenging activities promptly, so as to ensure that the tasks are
completed on time
- can access their homework my checking with teachers, collecting
resources and materials as required, and via the
ShowMyHomework website or app.
8. Monitoring and Evaluating
- Pupils’ completion of homework will be monitored by teachers,
and pupils’ performance will be reported to Principal Teachers,
SMT and parents through the school reporting, tracking and
- Principal teachers will monitor departmental homework, from the quality of tasks set, materials issued, pupils’ completion of tasks and, where possible, to the impact of homework on attainment.
- SMT members will monitor homework for their link departments
through consultation with principal teachers, subject teachers,
and by seeking the views of pupils and parents/carers.
- Whole school evaluation of the effectiveness of homework policy
and practice (including the use of ShowMyHomework) should be
carried out regularly. This should involve consultation with staff
and a sample of parents and pupils. Where good practice is
identified, this should be shared across the whole school.
9. Completion of Homework
- Completion of homework is likely to benefit pupils’ confidence in
what they are learning, and enhance their academic attainment.
- Failure to complete homework will be likely to have a selfpenalising effect on pupil development, performance and
- Subject teachers will request completed homework to be
submitted on time
- Allowances will be made for late submissions as appropriate.
- Repeated failure to complete homework tasks will be recorded
and reported to the Principal Teacher.
- If the non-completion persists, this information will be passed to
Guidance teachers and SMT House-heads.
- Parents will be informed of teachers’ concerns via standard
homework letters, or by direct communication from Guidance
- It is not School Policy to issue discipline exercises for noncompletion of homework, but rather to offer support to overcome any barriers or impediments to learning.
ShowMyHomework is an online tool to help you keep track of your child’s homework. It replaces the Homework Diary.
Show My Homework will allow you to see the details of the tasks your child has been set, as well as whether or not the homework has been submitted and also his/her homework grades.
You can access Show My Homework via the logo on the school website or at https://www.showmyhomework.co.uk or via the app.
You will be provided with login details to your personal account, ready-linked to your child’s homework calendar. Pupils will also be given their own login and are advised to download the ShowMyHomework app for either android or iOS for ease of use and to enjoy the full benefit of the system.
The overall benefits of ShowMyHomework are:
- 24/7 access
- View quality and quantity of homework
- Online support and telephone contacts for Show My Homework help team
- Apps available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android devices
- Receive automated notifications before homework is due
In Campbeltown Grammar School we are committed to ensuring that all pupils are able to access all areas of the curriculum with equality of opportunity. As stated in part 3 of this policy, ‘Homework should be accessible to pupils, so that the extent of access to technology at home does not impede the completion of tasks’; therefore, if your child does not have access to a mobile
phone on which the app can be downloaded or to a computer, laptop or tablet, please contact your child’s guidance teacher and we can arrange for access to take place in school. Alternatively, we expect that paper-based versions of homework will be made available by subject teachers as much as possible.