Key Stage 3 Homework

In Key Stage 3 homework is broken down into two categories:

Planned:  these are extended tasks that are planned in advance by teachers to support pupils with their understanding of key concepts which are relevant to all pupils.  The number of planned tasks is directly linked to the number of hours a pupil spends in each subject area.

Lessons per fortnight

Minimum number of planned tasks per term


6 3 English, Maths
3 2 French, RE, PE
2 1 History, Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, IT, Art, Music, DT, STM Learning,German (Year 9 sets 1 & 2 only)

The distribution of tasks are linked to the contact time for each subject. A planned task would typically last the equivalent of 3 homework slots.

The aim of planned tasks are to encourage a thirst for knowledge linked to a particular subject area and encourage pupils to work and research independently.  Tasks should be an integral part to a follow up lesson, therefore it is vital that they are used to support planning. Pupils should be given feedback by their teacher upon completion of the task and may be asked to share their work as part of a lesson.  It is vital that pupils see the value in such tasks and use their work as part of their learning.  Departments should consider a variety of strategies to support the differentiation of planned tasks.

Responsive: these are tasks that are driven by individual or class need.  This style of homework will support the progress of pupils between lessons and ensure personalised support is given to address any particular skill deficits.  Although it is not compulsory for homework to be set after every lesson good practice suggest that homework is set regularly and therefore pupils should  not go more than 2 lessons without a homework task being set.