Oakfield defines homework as educational work or activities that occur outside of the normal school timetable, and that homework is valuable in motivating and extending the pupils’ ability to work independently.
To give pupils the opportunity to develop their basic skills where appropriate. Most importantly in extending and enriching the curriculum. Many of our students at Oakfield School have not enjoyed a positive educational experience prior to admission, resulting in low self-esteem and a feeling that no matter how hard they work they will not make progress. Some of them have experienced long breaks in attendance at any formal educational establishment or very erratic attendance patterns. Their ability to commit themselves to a structured curriculum is often impaired because of their many and varied negative experiences both in and out of school.
However, rather than seeing these issues as reasons for ignoring the potential for setting homework, or not recognising the benefits, it is acknowledged that homework is an integral part of the whole process of providing a meaningful educational experience for all. It is accepted that incorporating homework into the whole learning experience is a desirable aim and subject leaders will foster the development of a culture where homework being issued is acceptable to both students and their parents/carers.
Homework is an additional assessment opportunity and is recognised as such. However, it is important that homework does not become an added burden to students. Sanctions will not be imposed for non-completion of homework but students are able to earn points which are added to the Points System and therefore, enable them to achieve a greater number of points in a shorter space of time. If pupils complete homework each week for a full half term they are eligible for a personal reward of their choosing. Homework is set on a weekly basis (handed to pupils on a Monday and due in on Friday – before 9.00am) for core subjects (English and Maths) and one additional subject.
Additional homework maybe set:
- When it extends or enhances the learning experience
- When it offers opportunities for students to acquire or practice basic skills which enable students to fully access the curriculum
- At the request of students and/or parents.