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Homework at Sale High School
The setting and completion of homework is an essential part of learning at Sale High School. Homework is a key strategy for student progress and is used to achive the following: to consolidate and embed learning and progress made in the classroom; to prepare students for a new topic; to stretch and challenge; to help students to develop independent study skills and habits and to catch up on work missed through absence. Parents are a vital support in this process and can help their children organise time and make sure a suitable space for self-study is put aside. Students are responsible for recording homework in their student planner but every homework is also published on ‘Show My Homework’ so that parents and carers can track what homework their child has been set and when it is due.
Show My Homework
Although students continue to carry planners in school, all homework is set online by the teacher. This can be accessed through the Show My Homework (SMHW) website and a free-to-download App which all parents and students need to download.
- Access from anywhere at showmyhomework.co.uk
- Access with free iOS and Android apps (available on the Apple App Store and on Google play)
- Or access via the school’s website, even if you forget your login!
Most parents and students are already finding SMHW to be really useful but if you have not yet accessed it please help to support your child by visiting the website, downloading the free App and tracking your child’s homework on a regular basis. In this way you can make sure that they are completing all homework tasks, keeping to the same deadlines as their classmates and so support their progress.
- Show My Homework enables staff to set multiple choice and spelling tests. We have found that because many phones do not support the software needed to use these functions it is usually best to complete these on a PC, laptop or tablet.
- The phone app is mainly for checking deadlines and reminders that homework is due rather than the actual completion of work.
- Parental logins enable parents to see what homework has been set but not to complete any online tasks such as the SMHW quizzes and spelling tests. SMHW quizzes and tests need to be completed using the child’s own login.
- If anyone does not have a PC/laptop/tablet we have a lot of computers in school which are available at break, lunch and after school including Thursday afternoons. Community libraries are also well equipped with computers for public use.
- When staff set homework which requires the use of the internet or a computer they will allow enough time for students who do not have access to a computer at home to access school or public facilities.
- There is a facility on SMHW which indicates if a homework has been submitted or not but the school is not currently using that feature (although some individual members of staff have chosen to do so with some classes). We are currently using SMHW for the setting of homework and the communication of deadlines so that parents can support their child in the completion of any that is set. We would expect subject teachers to contact parents by telephone or in writing if there was a problem with the persistent non-completion of homework.
- If a child forgets their SMHW login details they can still access SMHW by following the link on the school website and using the same login details that they use to log onto the school network (and which are almost impossible to forget given how frequently they use them in school!).
Hints for a Homework Area
How much homework should my child be doing?
|Year 7/8||1 hour a day|
|Year 9||1 - 2 hours a day|
|Year 10/11||1.5 - 2.5 hours a day|
Homework is set by individual class teachers at least once a week per subject (core subjects have more lessons per week and so set more homework). Form tutors complete regular planner checks and will inform parents if patterns of non-completion occur. Each Head of House monitors a sample of planners and any causes for concern are followed through.
Supporting your Child at Home
- Regularly login to ‘Show My homework’ so your child knows that you are keeping well-informed and are monitoring their homework closely. Help your child to organise their time so they meet the published homework deadlines.
- Ensure that your child has a good homework area. It needs a flat surface, a good light source and resources to hand (pen, ruler, paper, dictionary, scissors, glue, internet access if you have it).
- Limit screen time and take your child’s phone off them while they are working. Limiting screen time will help to create opportunities for them to complete homework and mobile phones can be a massive distraction for a young person who is trying to work on a challenging task.
- Show a positive interest in the work that your child is doing so that they know you are placing great value on it. Ask to see it when it is finished. You don’t have to be able to do the work yourself but you can praise work they have put a great deal of effort into and tell them if you spot anything that could be improved.
- Help your child to become an independent learner. Explain how to look up information or find a word in a dictionary rather than simply giving them the answer in order to get the task finished.
- Be positive about your child's attempts. Make an appointment with school if you are concerned about their progress.
- Turn off the television while homework is underway but do let your child work to music if they find it helpful
What do young people say?
When I've got a test I try to explain the things I' have to know to my mum, while she's cooking tea. She usually listens and asks me questions. It helps me understand it more.
Claire - Year 10
I like it when my mum says I've done well. I feel proud.
Chloe - Year 7
My Dad lets me play football in the hall as a reward for reading through my English homework with him and correcting mistakes.
Harry - Year 8
I pretend it annoys me when Mum asks me about my work. But really I'm glad that she's bothered about me and wants me to do well.
Aaron - Year 11
It's what parents do, rather than who they are, that counts - Sacker (2002)
In the interests of maintaining standards, occasionally where a student fails to fulfil their responsibilities in relation to homework and other areas of school life, they may be kept behind after school for up to 10 minutes without notice. For longer detentions we will always provide 24 hours notice to parents via phone call, letter or school planner. We value parent / carer support on this matter.
The email addresses listed below are to help students if they are struggling with a particular piece of homework and needs further explanation or some support. Please make sure to include the subject teachers name in the 'subject' field to make sure the email gets through to the right member of staff. Any parents who are unable to attend parents evening can also use these addresses to raise any concerns they have about their child with regard to a particular subject.
Please remember this facility should be used wisely and is not for students to let teachers know they haven't completed their homework.