Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises ten Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.
Homework is an important part of each student's work, as a means of extending classroom study, consolidating or supplementing that learning. A homework timetable is published for each year group.
Students record the assignments in their planner and parents are encouraged to sign it weekly and to make comments as they see fit. The planners are checked regularly by the group tutor and are an important means of monitoring the progress of each individual student.
As students progress through the school, homework demands will increase. GCSE courses require a high degree of independent study and homework assignments will often involve sustained and prolonged tasks which need to be completed over a number of weeks.
Students will receive advice and guidance on organisational and planning skills from their teachers and tutors. Parents can play a vital role in encouraging young people to value homework and by creating conditions at home where homework can be undertaken, without distraction.
As an approximate guide, we would expect Year 7 students to spend no more than 30 minutes on a piece of homework. Of course, the time taken will vary a good deal and it is therefore important for students to complete homework the day it is given, whenever possible, to avoid a build‐up of work. Naturally, we expect students to devote more time to tasks as they move up the school.