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.

Homework timetables for Years 7, 8 & 9 are available to download from the links below.

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9

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  • Homework at OSSMA is set consistently with the aim of complimenting what is taught in lessons, promoting knowledge retention and boosting the progress of students over time.
  • Homework is checked every morning by the form tutor and a pupil monitor.
  • Reading is a vital part of homework as we follow the AR programme.  The new GCSEs are becoming increasingly more difficult. Reading will help!
  • Homework will use either: Knowledge Organisers for that block, Internet resources such as GCSEPod, Seneca and Heggarty maths or a specific resource chosen by your teacher.
  • Even homework completed online should have written notes in the homework book to be checked.

Key Stage 3 

All homework is set in each student’s planner. Each student’s homework timetable is bespoke linking to their individual timetable and will change and be updated over time. These are also kept in the Student’s Planner.

Key Stage 4 

  • You are expected to complete 20 minutes of homework for 2 subjects each weeknight.
  • The subjects will depend on the options you have chosen but each subject should be studied at least once a week.
  • Sometimes homework for a particular subject will take longer than 20 minutes, notes should be recorded in HW books and then shown to form tutors during monitoring in the morning.

Our Homework Guide can be downloaded from the link below.

Homework Guide

Our Revision Support Booklet can be downloaded from the link below.

Revision Support Booklet