At Beacon Academy, we believe that homework plays a vital part in a student’s education. The benefit of doing homework must be instilled at an early age so that independent study can be achieved. Homework inextricably supports the teaching and learning in the classroom and should inspire and challenge every student to enable them to make excellent progress.

We are acutely aware that children have opportunities and experiences outside of school that are equally important in developing and enriching their lives. We will therefore give careful consideration to making homework relevant, well-balanced across the school, whilst encouraging self-motivation and independent learning.

Key Stage 3

  • Homework will be set weekly for English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Technology and Modern Foreign Languages.
  • Homework will be set fortnightly for other subjects.
  • Homework in each subject for Years 7 & 8 should take approximately 30 minutes to complete.
  • Homework in each subject for Year 9 should take approximately 45 minutes to complete.
  • In addition, students are expected to read for pleasure for the equivalent of 20 minutes every day.

Key Stage 4

  • Homework will be set weekly for all examination courses/subjects.
  • Homework pieces should take approximately 60 minutes to complete.

Key Stage 5

  • Homework will be set weekly for all examination courses/subjects.
  • This should be a mixture of exam practice, other written work and pre- and post-lesson reading.
  • In addition to completing the work set by their teachers each week, students in the Sixth Form will be expected to work on their subjects independently. This might consist of ongoing revision activities, independent further research into areas covered in class, exam preparation or reading ahead to enhance their understanding in future lessons. By the time they are in Year 13, the most successful students are doing ten hours a week of work outside of lessons per subject. During the two years we support all students to work at a suitably ambitious level.

Where there are issues with homework, parents will be encouraged to contact the relevant subject teacher. Homework will be recorded on Edulink. If you have any issues with Edulink, please contact office@beacon-academy.org

Homework Policy 2021