Homework is any work or activity which students are asked to do outside lesson time either on their own or with parents or carers.

The purpose of homework

The purpose of homework is:

  • To encourage students to develop the confidence and self-discipline to work on their own, an essential skill for adult life.
  • To consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding.
  • To extend school learning, for example through additional reading.
  • To enable students to devote time to particular demands such as GCSE coursework or project work.
  • To support the home/school relationship.


Homework enables pupils to:

  • Consolidate and extend work covered in class or prepare for new learning activities.
  • Access resources not available in the classroom.
  • Develop research skills.
  • Have an opportunity for independent work.
  • Show progress and understanding.
  • Provide feedback in the evaluation of teaching.
  • To enhance their study skills e.g. planning, time management and self discipline.
  • To take ownership and responsibility for learning.
  • Engage parental co-operation and support.
  • Create channels for home school dialogue.

Homework can be:

  • Independent learning
  • Consolidation of work in class
  • Practice - learning by doing
  • Completion of coursework assignments
  • Research
  • Reading
  • Interviews
  • Drawing
  • Using ICT
  • Recording

What should be considered when setting homework?

  • Planned and focused activities are more beneficial than homework which is not linked to class activities or irrelevant to learning outcomes.
  • It should not be used as a punishment or penalty for poor performance.
  • A variety of tasks with different levels of challenge is likely to be beneficial.
  • The quality of homework is more important than the quantity. Pupils should receive feedback on homework which is specific and timely.
  • Have you made the purpose of homework clear to children? e.g. to increase a specific area of knowledge, or fluency in a particular area.

The amount of homework?

The school has a fixed homework timetable with time allocated for different subjects on different evenings. Students will need to learn to manage their time so that they do some homework each evening. Teachers will not set homework to be completed for the next day, but will give students at least two days to complete the homework. The time devoted to homework should increase as the student progresses through the school.

Students in Years 7-9 should have one homework per week for English, Maths, Science, Humanities, Modern Foreign Languages, ICT, Art, PE and Music, which should take between 45 minutes to an hour.

Students in Year 10-11 should have between an hour and an hour and a half per subject, per week. Students are encouraged in addition, to read as widely as possible around their chosen subjects to broaden their knowledge.

Homework will be differentiated where necessary to take into account individual needs.

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 learners 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, students and parents in the following ways:

  • Please go to Cornelius Vermuyden.showmyhomework.co.uk
  • There is no login required to see the school homework calendar. You can 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 students 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.

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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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