As a student of Castle Donington College, you will be expected to do homework.  Homework is a valuable part of secondary education.  It allows you to practise skills learned in the classroom, to develop your ability to research, and helps you to form the habits of individual study necessary to achieve success in the later stages of your education – indeed in the rest of your life.

The amount of homework you receive varies according to your age and ability.  In Year 7 you will receive up to an hour a night.  This will increase each year through to Year 11. It is important you get into good habits and organise yourself so you are able manage your time well and meet homework deadlines

Homework activities, for all subjects, can be found on Show my Homework . Make sure you check the site daily. If you have difficulty logging on see Mr Barratt as soon as possible.

To be successful with your homework, follow these tips;

  • Make sure you understand the homework when it is set. Ask the teacher if you are unsure.
  • Try to do homework on the day it is set and while it is fresh in your mind. Don’t leave it until the night before it should be handed in
  • Get into a routine with homework times. Either tackle tasks as soon as you get home or at a similar time each night
  • Organise and plan your time in advance
  • Make sure you know the deadline for handing in your homework
  • Work in a quiet place that suits you best. Try to avoid distractions like your phone or the TV
  • If it is a difficult piece of writing (like a story, essay or report) draft it out in rough first
  • If you have a lot of homework, give yourself a couple of breaks so that you don’t get too tired. Reward yourself with a treat if you have worked really hard.
  • If you are stuck, ask your parents or an older brother or sister to help (but not to do your homework).
  • Do more than the minimum; use extra detail, explanations or illustrations, show your research by adding a bibliography for example
  • Always check through your work to spot mistakes and to add any final touches.

We have high expectations of you. Try your hardest.