A: This is a whole-school issue and one that your school management team should be addressing, urgently. Any policy, whatever its merits or defects, is useless if it is not fully implemented. If some of your colleagues are ignoring policies, what message are they sending about the school's expectations?
There's plenty of research to suggest that high-achieving schools have effective homework policies. That doesn't mean that it's the homework itself that produces the good results, but an insistence on intelligently set and carefully monitored homework is a very effective way of sending clear messages about the school's high expectations of its pupils and of its teachers. The work may not be directly responsible for good results, but it's an expression of the attitudes and values that lead to success.
Responses to your requests will improve if:
* the tasks you set are clearly linked to the whole programme of study and to classroom learning
* the tasks offer opportunities for independent work - research and reporting back
* you value homework as highly as classwork
* parents know what work you are setting and why, and are clear about what defines a good response to the task
* you have and are using a homework diary that is checked by parents and the form tutor.