Homework is work that is set to be completed outside the timetabled curriculum. It contains an element of independent study in that it is not usually directly supervised by a teacher. There is no arguing that when a school’s homework policy is properly administered, it makes a valuable contribution to children’s learning. Ofsted recognised this fact in 2012 when it changed its framework for “outstanding teaching” to recommend that homework be set and marking carried out frequently to provide pupils with clear guidance on where they are in their learning and how they can improve.

It is important in raising student achievement. Not all homework is done at home; in fact, for some pupils who find it hard to work at home, or for some tasks which may require resources (books, software, equipment) more readily available at school, it is necessary or desirable to carry out the task at school. Homework enhances pupil learning, improves achievement and develops pupils’ study skills and as such is an integral part of the curriculum. It requires careful planning and integration into the scheme of work of each curriculum area.


Homework enables students to:

  • consolidate and extend work covered in class or prepare for new learning activities.
  • access resources not available in the classroom.
  • develop research skills.
  • have an opportunity for independent work.
  • show progress and understanding.
  • provide feedback in the evaluation of teaching.
  • to enhance their study skills e.g. planning, time management and self-discipline.
  • to take ownership and responsibility for learning.
  • engage parental co-operation and support.
  • create channels for home school dialogue.

Homework can be:

  • Independent learning
  • Consolidation of work in class
  • Practice – learning by doing
  • Completion of coursework assignments
  • Research
  • Reading
  • Interviews
  • Drawing
  • Using ICT
  • Recording


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