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The Duston School believes that homework extends learning beyond the classroom and that homework serves at least one of three purposes: to consolidate learning from a specific lesson or topic, to prepare students for new learning or to independently reflect on their learning from a lesson or topic.
The Duston School expects that homework will be set at least once a fortnight by all members of staff as a means of extending learning beyond the classroom. It is an expectation that homework will be differentiated to at least 3 different levels and that (where possible) students will have a degree of choice regarding which homework task is most beneficial to their learning.
Classroom teachers are responsible for monitoring the completion of homework and set appropriate sanctions if it is not completed or not completed to an appropriate standard. Sanctions for the non-completion of homework are set by the classroom teacher and will involve a detention should homework not be completed on time.
Occasionally, teachers may extend homework to Directed Learning Tasks as opposed to traditional methods of homework. These tasks will coincide with learning that has taken place already in the year. These learning tasks will involve independent research for new learning and the consolidation of learning that has taken place within the classroom.
The Homework Club is offered to students after school each week to ensure all students have a chance to access material and complete homework on time.
To quality assure homework effectively, Directors of Learning within each area of study will conduct quality-assurance checks as part of the whole school quality assurance schedule. A member of SLT will also have responsibility to quality assure the amount of homework set, the quality of set homework and respond to or seek student and parent voice regarding homework.