The David Ross Education Trust

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Charles Read Academy

We seek to broaden the horizons of each and everyone of our students encouraging academic excellence and transferable life skills enabling all to become effective members of our 21st century society.


Prep Homework

At CRA we use homework to support pupils in retaining knowledge and key facts which are essential to academic success in the subject they are studying. Prep Homework has been designed using research informed strategies including: spaced retrieval, interleaving and chunking of information. This method allows pupils to begin the revision process from the outset of year 7 meaning that by the time pupils reach their GCSE examinations they have been revising for five years and developing effective revision techniques.

Each student has a homework folder which contains a homework exercise book and a set of knowledge organisers which are used to complete homework activities. The exception to this is Maths where pupils complete assigned Hegarty maths tasks and show their workings in their homework books and some KS4 subjects which will be completing their homework using sections of the subject revision guides (which can be purchased from the school reception). Those that have trouble accessing the internet from home for Hegarty can attend Hegarty club on Tuesday lunch in F2 for pupils to complete homework.

The process has been designed to be simple for students to complete and parents to support with:

  • Draw a line with a ruler and pencil every six lines down the page to create five boxes on the page
  • At the top of the page, write the name of the subject being studied and the date then underline both with a ruler
  • Spend two minutes reading and re-reading a section of the knowledge organiser (this will be prescribed by the teacher)
  • Turn the knowledge organiser over and write down as much information as you can remember (two minutes maximum)
  • Turn your knowledge organiser back over and check it against what you have written, use a purple pen to tick any areas that you have correctly remembered and add in any details or corrections you have missed (two minutes maximum)
  • Repeat the process a further four times with the sections prescribed by your teacher so you have all five sections contain information and corrections 

 Homework Documents

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Please see the instructional video below to see the process in action.



Students will be informed in lessons which sections they need to complete but they can also find details by following the year group links below; there will also be a link to this information set as a termly homework via the student portal.

Students should complete the correct knowledge organiser each night according to the timetable below. Each subject should take 30 minutes to complete.  

Day KS3 KS4


English English Literature (Poetry)
Tuesday Science Science


Maths Maths
Thursday History English Literature (Text)
Friday French Option 1
Weekend Geography & Music Options 2 & 3

Key Stage 4 Additional Homework

Students in Key stage 4 will also be set an additional weekly piece of homework, per subject, on Bromcom.Homework example


Students will undertake three KPI assessments throughout the academic year. KPI stands for Key Performance Indicator and the results your child achieves will be communicated home to you. This will help you to understand how your child has performed academically so far during this school year. These assessments will enable your child’s teachers to receive important information about what they do and do not currently understand. This information is important to teachers as it will enable them to plan how to support each pupil to move their learning forward and maximise their progress in each subject.

The revision guides below are provided to support students in their revision for these assessments. These guides contain information on the different subjects your child will sit an assessment in, key topics to revise, as well as guidance on how to revise. 

Years 7-11 KPI1 Revision Guides

 Revision Information Webinars

We have also recently held a bespoke KS3 and KS4 revision information webinar for both students and parents to understand what effective revision looks like, as well as specific strategies to achieve. Recordings of these webinars can be found below: