Barlby Community Primary School
Tel: 01757 703317
Fax: 01757 706812
Head Teacher: Rob Taylor
Deputy Head and Head of KS2: Andrew Joy
Head of Foundation and KS1 Jane Proctor
Registered Charity 1047754
7th September 2009
Dear Parents/ Carers,
As a school we are obliged to follow statutory guidelines issued by the Department for Schools,
Children and Families. One of which states that schools are obliged to set homework for children.
The guidelines are as follows:
Years 1 and 2 1 hour per week, based on Reading, Spelling and other literacy work and
Years 3 and 4 1.5 hours per week, based on Literacy and numeracy as for years 1 and 2,
with occasional assignments in other subjects.
Years 5 and 6 30 minutes per day based on a regular weekly schedule with continued
emphasis on literacy and numeracy, but also ranging widely over the
Regular reading at home, as recommended by the Government is included in homework time.
Guidelines issued by the DFCSF state that homework should:
• Consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding, particularly in literacy and numeracy.
• Exploit resources for learning, of all kinds, at home.
• Extend school learning for example through additional reading and research.
• Encourage pupils as they get older to develop the confidence and self discipline needed to
study on their own, preparing them for the requirements of secondary school.
“Homework need not, and should not get in the way of other activities which they (the children) may
do after school such as sport, music and clubs of all kinds”
Excellence in Schools- HMG
At Barlby the Staff regard homework as an integral and planned part of the curriculum, not merely as
an “add on” tacked onto the curriculum. Homework can take many forms, children may be asked to
find out information, seek the views of others, research a subject or undertake a reinforcement task.
Each class teacher will let the children know the date that any written, research or reinforcement
homework is due by. This information can also be found in your child’s planner (Years 2-6).
Homework that requires marking will be marked by your child’s teacher.
There is no legal requirement that homework must be completed. However we have clear evidence in
school that homework does raise children’s attainment and plays a vital role in raising standards of
achievement. The process of undertaking homework is a vital component of your child’s learning.
The education of a child is a partnership between home and school, your support with
homework is paramount and greatly appreciated.
Thank you very much for your co-operation.