Teaching & Learning @ St John's
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Focus on Homework
On average, the impact of homework on learning is consistently positive (leading to on average five months additional progress). However, beneath this average there is a wide variation in potential impact, suggesting that how homework is set is likely to be very important.
There is some evidence that homework is most effective when used as a short and focused intervention (e.g. in the form of a project or specific target connected with a particular element of learning) with some exceptional studies showing up to eight months positive impact on attainment. Sutton Trust Teaching & Learning Toolkit
SAM Learning has a variety of activities including revision activities and exam practice. Content is updated daily and is specific to exam boards for most subject areas.
What should I consider?
Planned and focused activities are more beneficial than homework which is more regular but routine or not linked with what is being learned in class.
It should not be used as a punishment or penalty for poor performance.
A variety of tasks with different levels of challenge is likely to be beneficial.
The quality of homework is more important than the quantity. Pupils should receive feedback on homework which is specific and timely.
Have you made the purpose of homework clear to children? e.g. to increase a specific area of knowledge, or fluency in a particular area. Sutton Trust Teaching & Learning Toolkit