Homework Studying away from the classroom is an essential part of being successful at school. It develops independence, reinforces learning that has taken place in class and improves confidence and self-esteem. Homework at Hind Leys will take a variety of forms including: an exercise from a textbook or worksheet learning the spelling and definition of technical words or a foreign language revision for a test or examination carrying out research for a piece of coursework carrying out the preparation for or writing part of an essay or longer assignment reading part of a novel, play or poem completing a task begun in class. working on-line using the college learning network and authorised learning sites Homework may appear different at Hind Leys from earlier experiences. For example towards the end of a course or module of work a usual task is the completion of coursework assignments. This activity relies on the student being motivated and working independently although there will always be guidance available from staff at the College The wide variety of tasks and the varying deadlines that need to be met make it difficult to describe precisely what homework a student will have each week. However, on average, all students in Years 10 and 11 should expect to complete at least one hour of homework for each subject each week. In Post-16 students should expect to complete as much as 15 hours of additional work outside of the classroom each week. All students have a Student Planner in which they can write notes about what needs to be done. They should also have a written timetable showing which nights they can expect to receive homework for each subject. Not all homework has to be completed at home. The College makes facilities available for students to work in the Library at lunchtime and after school, and some tasks will need students to visit local libraries or elsewhere to complete their research. Parents can help students with their homework by ensuring that they have a suitable place to work away from the distractions of TV and the rest of the family. Regular enquiries about what homework has been set and asking to see their planner also supports the activity and reinforces that homework is essential to success. If you have any concerns about the homework that your child is doing please contact their tutor.