The most effective way of ensuring that students and their parents can always see the homework set, and the marks given.
There is no doubt that the best way of enhancing parental involvement in their children’s education is to make it as easy as possible for the parent to see what homework has been set, when it was due in, what is expected, how long it should take, and what mark was given.
For, as every parent knows, although asking a teenager what homework is required each night may bring forth the right answer, this result is not guaranteed.
So, to ensure that everyone knows what homework has been set (and indeed to ensure that the student has the resources required), when it is due, what mark is given, and what comments are made, we have Show My Homework.
It is an online resource that offers benefits to parents, their children and to teachers. Using this online system homework can be set in minutes, homework tasks can be shared between colleagues, and revision tasks can readily be set and marked.
To-do lists are automatically populated, work can be submitted online (giving advance experience of the world of FE/HE and employment), and grades and comments can be left by teachers and are automatically entered onto relevant spreadsheets.
And there is one additional benefit – because not only can parents see if work is being done, but they can also appreciate teachers’ expectations and, most importantly, see where their child needs support at home.
They are able to judge equally when a child is not doing enough work and when a child is starting to worry about school work and is spending too long on it to the detriment of family life.
Thus we have three huge benefits from Show My Homework. There is a real time-saving aspect to this approach for the school, enhanced knowledge for the parents, and a massive saving in administrative time as homework can be set, monitored and marked online and reports can be instantly generated and broken down by year group, subjects and so on.