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

Homework is work that should be completed outside the timetabled curriculum. It contains an element of independent study that is not usually directly supervised by a teacher and it is important in raising student achievement.

Research tells us that homework enhances pupil learning, improves achievement and develops pupils' study skills as an integral part of the curriculum, requiring careful planning and integration into the schemes of work in each curriculum area.


Homework enables pupils 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
  • enhance their study skills e.g. planning, time management and self-discipline
  • take ownership and responsibility for learning
  • engage parental co-operation and support
  • create channels for home academy dialogue