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At Strood academy we recognise the importance of home learning and its impact on students outcomes. We place a strong emphasis upon the importance of homework throughout all years within the academy. We see homework as a vital part of the pupils’ learning experience, enhancing attainment and ensuring that strong foundations are laid within early stages of the curriculum to aid progression and development into certificated courses and beyond.

Homework is not an optional extra, but an essential part of a good education”. -1999 White Paper, Excellence in Schools

For homework to be effective it has to be stimulating and challenging whilst being supported through the quality of the teaching and learning occurring in the classroom. It is on this basis that the Homework policy should not be seen in isolation but as part of the learning and teaching in Strood Academy. This policy should contribute to raising attainment and the quality of the educational experience we provide to all involved with the academy.


  • To encourage students to develop the skills, confidence, self-discipline, independence and motivation needed to study effectively on their own.
  • To consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding developed at the academy, including time management.
  • To extend academy learning and embed retrieval practice.
  • To sustain the involvement of parents and carers in the management of students’ learning and to keep them informed about the work students are doing.
  • To challenge and raise student performance.

How we set homework

When setting homework, the quality of the activity is far more important than the precise amount of time. We use knowledge organisers as a whole school strategy to support knowledge retention for our students. Regular low stakes quizzing takes place at the start of lessons to check students are engaging with knowledge organisers at home regularly. 


Knowledge organisers are used for years 7-9 which contain the core knowledge that students need to memorise for each subject. 

Years 7 -9 should complete around 30 minutes per subject each week.


Years 10 and 11 should complete around 30 – 70 minutes per subject per week, this includes self testing on knowledge organisers and also other platforms such as Hegartymaths and Tassomai 


Years 12 – 13 should complete around four hours per day dependent on individual programmes (to include study periods).

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