Homework at Orchard Mead Academy

The evidence shows that the impact of homework, on average, is five months’ additional progress (per academic year).

In the most effective examples homework was an integral part of learning, rather than an add-on. To maximise impact, it also appears to be important that students are provided with high quality feedback on their work.

Some studies indicate that there may be an optimum amount of homework of between one and two hours per school day (slightly longer for older pupils)


…Pupils in schools which give useful homework perform better than those at schools which don’t.

At Orchard Mead Academy we set homework which develops students’ knowledge and revisits it regularly, going back and forth through their learning career. This process is called interleaving and it improves students’ long-term recall much better than simply seeing an idea once.

The concept of Knowledge can be separated into three components: facts, processes and concepts. Some subjects have a huge amount of factual knowledge to learn, and this is why students in years 7, 8 and 9 receive a Knowledge Organiser of these facts. Things change in years 10 and 11 when some subjects are optional, so each subject gives students what they need for GCSE.

Please click the link below to view our Knowledge Organisers:

Year 7                Year 8                 Year 9

Submission Homework: (new October 2020*)

In addition to Knowledge Organiser revision Students will set what we are describing as “submission homework” which will generate on average three items of homework per week. These homework tasks will be more complex and involve students bringing together several ideas from the curriculum work they have been completing in their classes. This will provide them with opportunities to develop important knowledge and understanding at home as well as in class.

The frequency of submission homework tasks (tariff) will depend on the subject but should be relative to the proportion of lessons received during a two-week period.

Students will have the option to either complete submission homework on paper or submit a digital copy through ClassCharts.

Students who regularly complete their homework tasks will be recognised publicly and rewarded for doing so via the school rewards system. Students who miss four submission deadline dates will complete a one-hour detention on a Friday afternoon. Parents will receive notifications via class charts if their child has failed to submit two pieces of submission homework in the first instance and a further notification if this reaches four pieces advising that a detention has been issued.

The tariff is shown below:


Frequency of lessons Frequency of submission homework tasks per half term
6-8 per fortnight (Maths, English, Science)3
4 per fortnight (History, Geography, MFL2
2/3 per fortnight (RE, Art, Drama, Music , IT, DT)1




Frequency of submission homework tasks per half term

Maths, English, Science


History, Geography & options subjects




* This will initially year 7 and 11 only (until Easter 2021- COVID situation dependent)

Managing homework in every year group

Homework tasks are set and monitored on the online Class Charts platform. This Students and parents can see every task in detail:

  • When it was set;
  • When the deadline is, and whether the deadline was met;
  • What the task is;
  • What resources the task needs (e.g. web links or page references)

Parents receive their unique access codes early in the academic year through the post. Students get their unique access codes in school. The system works through a web browser or through the free Android and Apple apps.

Because all of the information is available on Class Charts, there’s no need for students to carry a planner, nor to write down complicated instructions. Families can instantly see what homework needs doing, and then help their children meet deadlines.

At Orchard Mead we don’t permit students to use their own mobile phones or tablets onsite, but we have plenty of access to the internet throughout the school day and beyond, including in the library. Outside school, students can access and manage their homework tasks through the internet on any device with a web browser.

If you have any queries about a particular homework task, contact the teacher who set it via a phone call to the main office.

Parents or students having any difficulty with accessing Class Charts should first contact the school office or email Mrs Bromley at [email protected]

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