Set homework, but make sure it doesn't require a fortnight's marking in September. Read, practise and learn are good instructions. If you are setting exercises, include an answer sheet. Set work that requires little or no marking - for example, groups of pupils researching and presenting or role-playing a topic.
Get them to reflect on the year's work by picking a favourite piece from their exercise book. Brainstorm this to generate discussion. Put together a simple "review of the year" sheet for the pupils to fill in. This helps them set their work in context and will provide you with valuable feedback. Discuss with the class the key skill - such as communication and working with others - they have used over the year. Talk to classes about what they are going to study next year. Get them to look at and discuss the books they will be using.
Use the pupils to help with filing and room tidying. Then enjoy the holidays.
John Honeybul and Roy Watson-Davis John Honeybul is deputy head of Rokeby school, London borough of Newham. Roy Watson-Davis is a teacher at Blackfen school for girls, Bexley. We pay for all tips published. Send yours to: email@example.com