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If a student completes an hour's homework per school night for five years, it is the equivalent of an extra year at school.

Regular homework is important, since it serves as an intellectual discipline, establishes good study habits, eases time constraints on the amount of curricular material that can be covered in class, and supplements and reinforces work done in school. In addition, it fosters student initiative, independence, and responsibility, and brings home and school closer together. It helps students to become confident and independent in their learning and crucially good organisational skills and strong study routines will significantly reduce anxiety caused by assessments and terminal exams.

Crucially, homework at secondary school has been proven to work. There have been countless studies done looking at the correlation between exam success and homework and the results are indisputable! Students who regularly complete their homework achieve better grades in final exams than those that don't. One study noted links between students who regularly did their homework and tidy bedrooms! Research has shown that students who regularly complete homework benefit from:

  • - An increased progress from 12 months in a year to a possible 20 months
  • - An increased retention of knowledge
  • - Improved study habits and skills leading to an improve work ethic
  • - Improved self-direction and self-discipline
  • - Improved time management skills

Reading Homework

Reading underpins everything that our students do in school. We believe that our students are entitled to become competent, resilient and fluent readers by: equipping them with a range of skills and strategies; promoting reading of challenging texts; and developing an appreciation of a wealth of literature to build upon their cultural capital. Evidence suggests that children who read every day not only perform better in tests than those who don't, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures. A recent Department for Education study showed that there "is a difference in reading performance equivalent to just over a year's schooling between young people who never read for enjoyment and those who read for up to 30 minutes per day". At The Four Stones MAT, we recognise the importance of reading and expect that every student should be reading every day for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Hegarty Maths

Hegarty Maths provides full coverage of the curriculum up to and including GCSE. New material is introduced in the videos through well-explained reference to its pre-requisite building blocks. All skills are demonstrated through carefully scaffolded examples. Students can revisit any concept to get further practice over time to improve working memory and confidence. The methods used by the site are based on the cognitive science behind successful teaching and learning. Students should watch the videos, make notes and complete the quiz on a particular topic which tests their understanding of the content. Their work is marked after every question and a final mark given at the end. Students may retake the quiz as many times as they like to improve their scores and revisit any model answers in the video throughout the quiz if further support is required. It is a fantastic learning tool. To access Hegarty Maths use this link

Carousel Learning

Carousel Learning provides online quizzing across all subjects in the curriculum up to and including A Level. Students will need to access Carousel Learning via a link provided by their teacher in their Microsoft Teams class. Students log onto Carousel by clicking this link and entering their first and second name as it appears on our school database. Carousel Learning will then provide online flashcards where students can revise the content. When they feel confident, they can opt to start the quiz. The work is marked at the end of the quiz and students can get immediate feedback on the questions they got wrong, with the opportunity to revise again and retake the quiz.

Page Updated : 23rd September 2022