Rawmarsh Community School

Top Tips for Parents

At Rawmarsh Community School homework is an essential part of the learning process.

Homework allows independent learning and research skills to be developed and enables students to consolidate what they have learned in lessons.

Praise and encourage your child to help boost their confidence.
Try to pick up on how they have completed certain tasks for example, “I like the way you worked that out…” as opposed to “Well done”.

Help keep a routine for your child when it comes to homework.
You might find your child wants to complete their homework as soon as they come home from school or they might want to relax and then start working later in the evening. Let your child decide when they want to do their homework but try and keep to a regular time.

Ask your child for background information.
If your child can give you a bit of background on the homework and why they have been set the piece, this should open up discussion and help their enthusiasm.

However tempting it may be, refrain from completing your child’s work for them.
Homework is set to help teachers understand how much your child has understood the subject and what they can complete independently.

Always keep calm and collected.
It might become frustrating if you are trying to teach your child something and they do not seem to be grasping the concept but remember losing your patience will knock their self-esteem and could also prevent them coming to you for help in the future.

Allow yourself enough time to help your child with their work.
Constantly looking at the clock could discourage them and rushing to complete work against the clock will not result in your child’s best piece of work.

We offer an after-school homework club every day between 3:10pm and 4:10pm.
Encourage your child to use this facility because it is a great way of getting the homework out of the way and enables them to get help and advice on the best ways to tackle the tasks.

Don’t get stressed out by homework – if you are, your child will be too.
Remember to talk to us if you feel concerned about homework. Asking for feedback on how a teacher feels your child is doing is also helpful.