At Cornelius Vermuyden we strongly believe that homework is an integral part of pupils’ learning journey. Learning should take place in and outside of the classroom and provide pupils with the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills set. Homework should consolidate and extend work covered in class or prepare for new learning experiences.


We set homework at Cornelius Vermuyden for a number of reasons. These include:

  • To develop our pupils’ ability to study and learn independently.
  • To develop our pupils’ ability to organise their time and priorities to complete work to deadlines.
  • To reinforce learning from the lesson.
  • To help prepare for future lessons.
  • To extend the work and ideas of the lesson.
  • To work independently on coursework.
  • To allow teachers to assess the learning of pupils and to plan further lessons accordingly.
  • To invite parents and carers to be actively involved with their child’s learning.

Homework Activities

The homework tasks that are set vary according to the year group, subject and scheme of work and may include:

  • an extended piece of writing.
  • a project over several weeks.
  • learning keywords or concepts.
  • revising for a test.
  • answering questions on a worksheet.
  • brainstorming some ideas to prepare for the next lesson.
  • researching a topic.
  • discussing an issue with family and friends.
  • redrafting and improving a piece of work carried out previously.
  • reading.
  • producing a diagram, drawing or model.
  • practising a skill.

Homework Frequency

The school does not have a fixed homework timetable with time allocated for different subjects on different evenings. Pupils will need to learn to manage their time so that they do some homework each evening. Teachers will ensure that an appropriate amount of time is given to pupils to complete homework. The time devoted to homework should increase as the pupil progresses through the school.

Key Stage 3: Year 7 Homework should take between 30- 45 mins

English, Maths and Science, – at least once per week. Geography, History, Art, Design and Technology, MFL – at least two pieces per half term. There may be occasional homework in Performing arts and PE.

Key Stage 3: Year 8 Homework should take between 45 mins- 1 hour

English, Maths and Science, – at least once per week. Geography, History, Art, Design and Technology, MFL – at least two pieces per half term. There may be occasional homework in Performing arts and PE.

Key Stage 3: Year 9 Homework should last one hour

English, Maths and Science, – at least once per week. EBACC subjects including History, Geography and French bi weekly. Foundation subjects including Design and Technology, ICT, and Art – at least two pieces per half term. Wider curriculum subjects – three pieces per rotation.

Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11)

Homework in ALL examined subjects at least once per week between 1 – 1 ½ hours.

Monitoring of Homework

Homework is very much a school priority. Therefore it requires a consistent approach across the school. It must be easy for all stakeholders to have an overview of homework as time is very limited. To ensure that everyone meets the homework guidelines set, homework is reviewed regularly on Show my Homework for quality and quantity.

What is Show My Homework?

Show My Homework is a simple homework calendar the school will be using to ensure homework is set and communicated with parents across the school. Teachers can use it to set homework quickly and ensure the pupils and parents always have the information they need about homework available via the Web, Mobile and Tablet devices.

How can homework be accessed?

Homework can be accessed by teachers, pupils and parents in the following ways:

  • Please go to CorneliusVermuyden.showmyhomework.co.uk - There is no login required to see the school homework calendar. You can see see homework that is set across the schools and then use the filters to find what you are looking for.
  • A personalised homework calendar is available for all users including pupils and parents. Once you login, you can only see your own homework schedule.
  • There are iPhone and Android apps available for free for students and parents.
  • The Show My Homework service is available and works on all devices using a modern browser such as IE 8+, Safari, Chrome and Firefox.

Knowledge Organisers

We are introducing an exciting new approach to homework and independent learning at Cornelius Vermuyden. Our teachers are currently working very hard to produce detailed Knowledge Organisers for every child who studies their subject in Years 7 and 8.

A knowledge organiser is a simple, specific, (ideally) one page summary of the key knowledge of a particular topic. They specify what pupils will need to successfully learn. They can be used to get an overview of a new topic, be referred to during a topic for key points, spellings and meanings. Staff will regularly test pupils on their learning at the start of lessons throughout the year. This means that lesson time will not be wasted delivering content as the pupil already has it and this will free up teaching time to embed and extend learning.

We have drawn on recent educational research to help us better understand how we learn. We understand that learning happens when we connect knowledge in our long term memory. This allows us to understand, store and retrieve it when needed. If knowledge isn’t secured in our long term memory, we need to keep going over it, or think about it a lot, which takes up space in our working (short term) memory. The problem with this is that our working memory is really limited and gets easily overloaded. Our long term memory, however, is thought to be unlimited. The more knowledge we can store in long term memory, the more thinking can be spent learning new things or applying our knowledge to new tasks.

We will be giving pupils their Knowledge Organiser straight after they return in November. The front pages of the Knowledge Organiser pack explain how to use them and there will be a homework timetable so that pupils and parents can see what they should be learning each night. Copies will also be placed on Show My Homework. Pupils will also be taught how to use them through the tutor programme. We are confident that our new approach to homework, with pupils actively learning at home and parents encouraged to help them through testing them on what they have learnt, will make a big difference.


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National association of
Able Children in England

Cornelius Vermuyden are an official member of NACE (National association of Able Children in England).

Not only does this partnership support our development of our highest achieving pupils, it supports the development of every pupil in the school. We are committed to ensuring that a high level of challenge exists in the classroom in every lesson and to help potential convert to success and happiness for our pupils. We are firm believers that "rising tides lift all ships" and that if all students have a daily diet of challenging experiences at school and beyond, then this will help support their educational and personal development as learners and as people. Yet, as our 2016 GCSE results showed, those who come to us classed as more able achieve incredible results – for example, Callum Cuthbert leaving the school with 11 A* grades is an achievement that is not just well above the national average in terms of progress and achievement, but one that should be celebrated in terms of the school's work with its high achieving pupils.

However, here at Cornelius Vermuyden, we promote the ethos that all children must be given access to a positive mindset in terms of their learning. The message is clear; all young people are capable of reaching any goal they set their mind to if they are challenged and show a positive attitude to self - improvement . Cornelius Vermuyden places challenge and the importance of a 'growth mindset' at the heart of its teaching and learning vision for our pupils and our association with NACE is supporting this commitment to all pupils at the school.

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