Checklist for helping your child with their Homework


Getting homework done may be a struggle, especially when your child does not feel any motivation to do it. However, there are lots of ways to support your child - implementing these tips into your daily life can help homework time go a lot more smoothly. This in turn can support your child during their academic development.  Evidence suggests that one of the most powerful things a parent can do to assist their child’s academic development is having clear homework guidance. 

Homework System Chailey School

Chailey School expectations are that Key Stage 3 students should spend 3 hours per week on their Homework; Year 7 students will start with English and maths for the first 7 weeks.   Key stage 4 students should spend 6 hours per week.  All students will be expected to do independent study in preparation for their exams.

But how should you go about this? Here is a checklist:

  1. Set up a routine
  2. Have a designated Homework space
  3. Get rid of all distractions
  4. Have regular breaks
  5. Promote independence
  6. Help your child organise their time
  7. Study Capture
  8. Say “I am so proud of you!”


  1. Set up a routine

Having a set time to do homework that works for both you and your child can make “homework time” go a lot more smoothly. Try and schedule this time in for when they are most alert and ready to learn. If possible, encourage your child to choose which time to do their homework themselves: by letting them have a say, it may make them feel more responsible and more motivated to complete it.

Once you have a set “homework” time, it is key to stick to it. A clear routine can help your child feel part of a predictable environment and it can soon become part of their normal daily routine. This would mean that they are less likely to dread and procrastinate finishing their work.

  1. Have a designated Homework space

Having a designated workspace to complete their homework can get your child into a working mindset and improve their focus when they are there. Preferably, this would not be in their bedroom but in a public space.  A quiet corner in a communal space is the best option as it allows you to monitor and be involved in the homework - give the learner some ownership of the space.

This could be in a separate room, or a table that is not being used for anything else. 

Ensure that they have all the equipment they need before starting on their homework, as this could lead to distractions if they realise they need something after they have started their work. Also, ensure that that the workspace is tidy as this could also help boost their productivity.

  1. Get rid of all distractions

Nowadays, the main distractions for students tend to be their electronic devices, including mobile phones.  While your child is doing their homework, try and remove their electronics; if the homework requires a device, it would be better if they used a laptop or a tablet.  This can allow them to get their homework done faster and to a higher standard.

  1. Have regular breaks

Having regular, short breaks during homework time can allow your child to feel more attentive. If possible, exercising during these short breaks can be very useful (this can even be a quick dance break), as this helps boost brain power.

  1.  Promote independence

Allow your child to take charge of their homework. Let them make mistakes!  Research has shown  that students who did their homework by themselves ended up doing 10% better in exams than those who did their homework with their parents helping them.  If they have been struggling  and have completed the set amount of time, it is helpful that you write on the  homework that they have tried their best

  1. Help your child organise their time

Organisation is a key skill for your child to learn and develop. If they are given many tasks to do, sit with them and ask them what they think the best way of dividing their time is.   Give them suggestions, if there is another easier way. Then, make a plan and help them stick to it in order to complete all of their tasks.

  1. Be informed

Look at the Homework set on Edulink with your child.  Praise them for Homework Rewards and talk to them about any Homework sanctions. 

  1. Study Capture

Every day, ask your child to tell you about what they have learned in each lesson; they should record this in a book or on a spreadsheet (see below).  It supports the brain to “chunk” or  “associate” information into groups or build models of the information so it’s easier to use, explain, access and recall.  This should take roughly 5 minutes.

Study capture

  1. Say, “I am so proud of you!”

This simple phrase has very powerful effects and can help your child feel encouraged. Often, children spend longer doing homework due to the fear of failure.  Using the phrase, “I’m so proud of you” can reduce this fear by letting your child know that they would always have your support.

In turn, this may give them more confidence and increase their self-esteem, allowing them to achieve more when doing their homework.

 (Adapted from InnerDrive resources)