At the Deepings School, we set all our pupils homework. We do this because we believe that it can help pupils to fully achieve their potential, supporting the study done during timetabled curriculum time under a teacher’s immediate supervision. Reasons for setting homework:

More specifically, there are several reasons why we believe that we should set all pupils homework:

  • It encourages and helps to develop independent study skills.
  • It can strengthen and consolidate school learning.
  • It permits appropriate extension of work done by pupils in lessons.
  • It may be a requirement of particular courses (e.g. aspects of GCSE coursework).
  • It formalises for pupils the fact that learning can, should and does occur outside as well as inside school.
  • It permits some parental involvement in pupils’ school-related work.  


The amount of homework set is in line with DfES guidelines:


Weekly or fortnightly homework set should, on average, be 30 mins long.

The following subjects set one piece of homework each week:

Maths, English, Languages & Science.

Departments will work closely with students to organise their time and manage their homework.


Each individual piece of homework set by subjects should, on average, be 30 minutes long.


Each individual piece of homework set by subjects should on average, be 40 minutes long.

YEAR 10 AND 11

Each GCSE subject receives an average weekly homework of one hour. This amount is likely to be higher in the lead up to assessment.


The school has a timetable for each group which stipulates the day on which homework for each subject is set. Subject teachers will make every effort to work within that timetable.

Homework will be clearly written down for pupils on the board or the projector.

All homework set must be recorded by pupils in their planners.

Larger homework tasks will be broken down and recorded weekly in the planner.

Individual year group homework timetables can be found on the link pages