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Guidance for parents regarding the amount of time pupils should spend on their homework per week

Year Group Time to be spent on
homework per subject 
Number of Subjects to set
homework tasks per week
Time to be spent on
homework tasks per week
7* 30 min 6 - 7 3 - 3.5 hours
8* 30 min 7 3.5 hours
9* 45 min 7 5.25 hours
10 60 min 8 8 hours
11 60 min 8 8 hours
12** 180 min 4 12 hours - minimum
13** 180 min 3 9 hours - minimum

* KS3 and extended learning tasks (XL tasks)

KS3 pupils will also be expected to spend up to 2 hours on each XL task in year 7, up to 3 hours in years 8 and up to 4 hours in year 9 (over the 3 weeks across which the task is to be completed).

In Year 9 English will not set an XL task, but will be set shorter tasks throughout the year.

At KS3 Languages will not set XL tasks but will set the shorter style homework tasks.

Year 7   Year 8   Year 9
Week A Week B  Week A Week B Week A Week B
English English English English English English
Maths Maths Maths Maths Maths Maths
Science Science Science Science Science Science
Art Spanish IT Technology IT Technology
Technology Geography Geography History Geography History
History RS RS French/German/Key Skills RS French/German/Key Skills
    Spanish   Spanish  

KS4

Year 10   Year 11
Week A Week B   Week A Week B 
English English English English 
Maths Maths Maths Maths
Science Science Science Science
Philosophy & Ethics Philosophy & Ethics Philosophy & Ethics Philosophy & Ethics
Option A Option A Option A Option A
Option B Option B Option B Option B
Option C Option C Option C Option C
Option D Option D Option D Option D

KS5**

In addition to homework tasks set by subject staff, KS5 pupils will be expected to spend at least 2 hours per subject, per week learning independently. Independent learning should either take place during a student's timetabled subject study lesson and / or in their own time.

Examples of independent learning include:

  • Exam preparation
  • Wider reading
  • Research and information gathering to inform lessons and / or homework tasks
  • Coursework and / or preparation for controlled assessments

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