The choice of hand-out and hand-in days for Sparx Maths Homework should be considered carefully to ensure that there is time to give support and encouragement to students and so that teachers have enough time to monitor the work that has been completed each week. A homework can be set for a maximum of 7 days (for example Wed-Wed) and whilst hand-out time can be customised, hand-in time is currently fixed to 15:00GMT
There are various options for choosing hand-out and hand-in days for homework. The default hand-out and hand-in days for Sparx Maths Homework are decided by your school at the start of each academic year and shouldn't be changed without first checking with your department's Sparx Leader.
Teachers can change the hand-in and hand-out dates in Planner, but this will affect homework for the upcoming week only. For more information on how to change the hand-in and hand-out dates, please see How to change the default hand-out/hand-in days
Schools already using Sparx have found the following useful when deciding what days to choose:
- Have the hand-in day on the same day as a timetabled lesson, so that students who have completed their homework can be praised and have their books collected or checked. Students who have not completed their homework can be reminded to do so.
- Have the same hand-out and hand-in days across the year group, so that reminders and posters are consistent from teachers and form tutors for all classes.
- Have a weekend between hand-out and hand-in days to give students more time to complete their work.
- Choose different days of the week for hand-out and hand-in days to allow teachers to check books and avoid confusion over which homework assignment the student needs to do if they have been given an extension or a detention. Note that while we don’t recommend choosing the same day for hand-out and hand-in, we have had schools operate this policy successfully.
Below are some example timetables for hand-out and hand-in days that Sparx schools have found to work well:
Hand-out on Friday and hand-in on Wednesday
Hand-out on Friday and hand-in on Thursday
Hand-out on Thursday and hand-in on Wednesday
Hand-out on Thursday and hand-in on Tuesday