Best Practice

Key stage 3: Effective homework

This term, Matt Bromley will be turning his attention to key stage 3, offering practical advice on a range of issues to help schools and teachers boost outcomes. He begins with a look at homework and the role it has to play during years 7 to 9

Ofsted’s 2015 report KS3: The Wasted Years? claims that key stage 3 is not a high priority for secondary school leaders in terms of timetabling, assessment and the monitoring of pupils’ progress. It also says that schools prioritise the pastoral over the academic needs of pupils during transition from primary school and that many secondaries do not build sufficiently on pupils’ prior learning.

Notably, the report claims that homework in key stage 3 does not consistently provide opportunities for pupils to consolidate or extend their learning. During this term I will be focusing on some of these issues. Here, I will look at this last point – homework.

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