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1st Edition

Homework with Impact
Why What You Set and How You Set It Matters

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ISBN 9780367637446
August 31, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
152 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book reveals the types of homework activity that are most beneficial to pupils’ attainment and makes practical sense of the research on homework and how it can be used most effectively. Suggesting ways in which the impact of homework can be improved, this book offers practical ideas, strategies, and activities that teachers can implement, trial, and adopt in their own classrooms.

Linking current evidence from cognitive psychology on retrieval practice, spacing and interleaving to the setting of homework, the book includes:

  • suggestions for effective preparation tasks
  • a discussion on metacognition and how this can help pupils revise and complete schoolwork independently
  • an overview of how we can effectively check homework
  • the importance of feedback
  • how schools can support pupils and parents with homework as well as the importance of having a crystal-clear homework policy.

This is essential reading for all teachers and school leaders wanting to ensure their homework activities have a real impact on student’s learning.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Why homework matters  Chapter 2. What does the research say?  Chapter 3. Which types of homework task have the most impact?  Chapter 4. Knowledge, memory and retrieval practice  Chapter 5. Preparation, flipped learning and independent learning  Chapter 6. Checking homework, assessment and feedback  Chapter 7. Planning, spaced-distribution and interleaving  Chapter 8. Supporting pupils and parents  Chapter 9. Writing a homework policy  Chapter 10. Final thoughts  Appendix 1. Understanding the use of effect sizes and educational coefficients in educational research  Appendix 2. An analyse of the research into homework types by The Reach Free School and Teacher Tapp  Appendix 3. A brief analysis of parent and pupil surveys  Bibliography

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Andrew Jones is Assistant Headteacher for CPD and Professional Mentoring at The Reach Free School in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, and a Founding Fellow of The Chartered College of Teaching.