Homework at OSSMA is set consistently with the aim of complementing what is taught in lessons. Through directed learning tasks that are proven to promote knowledge retention and boost the progress of students over time, we aim to make homework more relevant to the key knowledge our students need to master their subjects, whilst making progress independently beyond the classroom.
Research carried out by the EEF (Education Endowment Fund) and educational researchers like John Hattie show that where homework is specifically linked to the learning that takes place in the classroom and then studied at home, an additional 5 months of progress per student can be made.
As an academy, we introduce our students to techniques that help make this key knowledge stick, through the use of self-quizzing and then fortnightly short ‘Factual Recall Tests’ within lessons, we build the level of knowledge stored in the brain that can then be used in any scenario. Based on how students perform in these Factual Recall Tests helps teachers to identify areas of strength and weakness before then introducing the next topic of their subject’s curriculum.