Our aim is for students to enjoy their learning and to maximise their potential. In line with our focus on Assessment for Learning, Learning to Learn and the principles we apply in facilitating learning in lessons through engaging and motivating activities, homework should be regarded as ‘own learning’. This brings the emphasis onto the development of students’ learning of the subject matter and also encourages the development of independent learning skills and time management. For this reason, we aim to make homework tasks enjoyable as well as appropriate for the needs of each student. We expect all students to take pride in their class work and homework, and to try their best.
Homework is important as a way of consolidating and extending the learning that takes place in College, and regular homework helps students to develop good learning habits at home. Our aim is for all homework tasks to be structured with clear learning objectives and success criteria.
We aim to set homework regularly, but there will be occasions when it is not set and students will note this in their planners accordingly.
For all students, independent work completed outside the classroom is part of progress and success. In essence it is seen as an integral part of the curriculum. Its purpose is:
- To reinforce the learning that took place in the classroom.
- To give students the opportunity to develop learning started in the classroom.
- To develop students’ ability to work independently.
- To challenge students to manage their own time and resources effectively.
- To help teachers and students evaluate progress, understanding and learning.
- To give staff the opportunity to feed back to students about their progress.
- To research topics in great depth.
The amount of work set will be influenced by a student’s age and ability level and can be expected to involve the student for more time in each successive year. Some subjects at examination level have a coursework element or controlled assessment that involves preparing work outside of normal class time. Consequently, this may be set over a longer period.
The amount of time to be spent on homework tasks will vary according to the needs and abilities of the student, and the nature of the tasks set.
- Years 7 and 8 15 – 30 minutes
- Year 9 15 – 45 minutes
- Years 10 and 11 20 – 60 minutes
- Years 12 and 13 30 – 90 minutes
Homework’s will be set frequently by student’s teachers, the general rule of thumb is that homework will be set as a minimum, every three lessons.
Teachers will always seek to not set a deadline as the very next day, to allow students the time to complete the task to their full ability. However, in some circumstance, this cannot be avoided.
Certain subjects may demand more if there is a lot of reading involved (e.g. English, History) or if there is a lot of practical work (e.g. Art and Design).
We appreciate that some students have very busy lives outside school in Dubai and cannot always meet the deadlines set. If that is the case we ask parents to liaise with College.