Getting to grips with the Year 7 workload

The amount of homework your child has to do will almost certainly increase significantly when they start Year 7.

It’s a daily part of secondary school life and your child will be expected to complete it all and meet any deadlines they are set.

Homework helps to build on what your child is learning at school so plays an important role in their education.

It’s of course only natural that they may struggle to adjust to this increased workload at first.

But there are plenty of ways you can help them settle into this new routine.

Encourage them to be organised by helping them to get used to checking their timetables and packing their bags the night before.

It may help to draw up a list of items needed for each subject together so that they always have that to refer to.

As well as books and equipment, make sure they know when they will need their sports kit, whether for lessons or after-school activities.

This will lead to less panicking and reduce the chances of anything being forgotten in the mornings – well, in theory anyway!

Children are usually given a planner to help them manage their homework.

They’ll be expected to use it every lesson to write down the details of their homework.

You will probably be asked to sign their planner every week to confirm that they’ve completed their homework.

Take time to talk to your child about each day’s homework assignments and make sure that they are keeping their planner up to date with what is required and when.

You may wish to provide them with wall space to hang a planner at home, such as a whiteboard, to also write their assignments on too.

While you don’t want to nag them, you don’t want them falling behind either. 

Teach them to prioritise their work so that they are doing the tasks in the correct order according to the deadlines they have been set by their teachers.

Ensure that they have somewhere quiet to complete their work without any tempting distractions like the television or their tablet.

Encourage them to speak up if they are struggling, and if you have real concerns that they are finding it difficult to cope persuade them to speak to their form or subject tutor.

If they are worried or unwilling then you may want to do it yourself.

If you think they are taking longer to complete an assignment than they should, then wait to see if it’s just a one-off–it may be that it’s one particular topic or task they’ve found more challenging.

But if it becomes a regular occurrence you may wish to raise it with the school.

Schools will have different policies concerning what happens if homework isn’t handed in, but it’s usual for pupils to have to complete the work in detention.

Reminding your child of this may be useful if they are showing signs of wanting to ignore an assignment, or put it off for another day.

But once they get into a routine, they should find is easier to cope with what is being asked of them.


  • Make a revision timetable – you can see what needs to be done and plan your time correctly.
  • Split your revision into small chunks – you can’t expect to concentrate for hours and take everything in.
  • Review and summarise your notes. Pick out the key points and write them down again. One of the best ways ways to memorise information is by making notes over and over again.

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