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Homework Philosophy 

At Saint Ambrose, we believe that homework is essential for students to become lifelong learners and is an integral element of our curriculum. It is important that the high ability boys at the college are challenged at all times to become independent learners and develop skills which will benefit them in later years.

Homework should:

  • extend learning
  • develop a range of learning strategies and skills
  • develop students’ independent learning and research skills
  • consolidate students’ knowledge and understanding
  • provide students with the opportunity to apply knowledge in different contexts
  • provide students with the opportunity to develop their understanding 
  • provide students with the opportunity to broaden their experience of the curriculum beyond the classroom
  • enable the development of independent thought and develop higher order thinking skills
  • develop confidence
  • develop self-discipline and responsibility

We believe that homework tasks should be:

  • regular
  • relevant
  • challenging
  • appropriate to the individual
  • varied

recording homework

All students are provided with a planner to record their homework and in addition the College utilises an online planner called Class Charts.  Homework tasks set by teachers are visible by parents and students online or on portable devises and this assists parents to monitor their son's completion of homework tasks. 

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Our new system Class Charts will go live for the 2022/23 academic year.  More information to follow.

setting homework

The College does not utilise a homework time-table but urges staff to keep ‘next day’ homework to a minimum whilst recognising that such timescales can be beneficial in some areas e.g. MFL vocabulary learning.  The information below is meant as a guide to expectations regarding the amount and frequency of homework set for students in each Key Stage.

Key Stage 3

Teachers are asked to balance homework tasks between short tasks and longer project-based work and be conscious of loading longer tasks at the end of the half-term.
In Year 7, 8 and 9 homework should equate to approximately 45 minutes per week in RE, English, Maths and Science and 30 minutes for all other subjects apart from Performing Arts subjects and PE.  In these subject areas, homework is set as appropriate.  Therefore, our expectation is that boys in Key Stage 3 are spending approximately 90 minutes per night on homework.  On nights where set work falls significantly below this, boys are expected to focus on independent study and/or revisiting work to be improved or responding to teacher feedback.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11), homework should equate to approximately one hour per week in RE, English, Maths and Science and 45 minutes for all other subjects

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5 (Year 12 and 13), a range of meaningful homework tasks are set.  Students should also be working independently.  As a guide: for every one hour of teaching time, students should aim to study for an extra hour outside of lessons, made up of completing homework and independent study.