Homework Guidelines

Homework can and should always be an integral part of the learning process. It feeds into lessons and provides exciting opportunities for student-led learning and creativity.  The point of homework is to offer extended learning opportunities and generate a culture of high expectations. It will challenge thinking, consolidate learning and deepen understanding.  With this in mind, homework tasks will take a number of forms (e.g. learning homework, revision tasks, written responses, creative project-based assignments etc.). All homework will have a clear learning objective, that will be shared with students and the form that the task takes will be linked to this objective.

The table below outlines PACA’s guidelines for frequency and duration of homework for students in each year group.  So that homework can achieve its intended objectives, there is no stipulation regarding how long students have for completion, other than a minimum of 48 hours.  Work should not be set on Friday for submission on Monday.

All homework will be shared with the students in class and uploaded onto Show My Homework (online planner). Students will be given their login details in school and parental logins are also available (if you are a parent who has not received these details, please contact student services). However, a read-only version of Show My Homework can be accessed without a password, therefore students have no excuse as to having not accessed their homework tasks.

Students’ submission status will be recorded onto Show My Homework and they should receive appropriate feedback on their homework within a week of submission.


Year 7 – 30 Minutes English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, MFL (Core subjects in Autumn 1 only)
Year 8 – 30 Minutes English, Maths, Biology (per fortnight), Chemistry (per fortnight), Physics (per fortnight), Geography, History, MFL.
Year 9 – 45 Minutes English, Maths, Biology (per fortnight), Chemistry (per fortnight), Physics (per fortnight), Art, Computing, Geography/History, MFL, Music (per fortnight).
KS4 – 45-60 Minutes English , Maths, Biology (per fortnight), Chemistry (per fortnight), Physics (per fortnight), Option A, Option B, Option C.
Homework / Independent Study at Sixth form As a guide, five hours per subject per week.


Homework / Independent Study at Sixth Form

Homework. Tasks set by the teacher for completion by a set deadline. These tasks might include research; pre-reading; preparation for a seminar or presentation; a timed written response etc.  For level 3 BTEC and CTEC courses, this will include completion of coursework and research around pass/merit/distinction criteria.

Independent Study. Self-directed study.  Course/Unit handbooks will include reading lists (resource lists for BTEC/CTEC) and other guidance as to how students can engage with subject matter beyond the classroom. Students are encouraged to access this wider reading (or resources) to support and develop their studies.