Home learning is an important part of students’ academic development. Teachers, students and parents and carers all have a part to play to ensure that work set to be done at home has impact.
It is the responsibility of the subject teacher to set quality home learning for which students are able to see the purpose and can identify how it contributes to their learning. This could include, but is not limited to, memory and recall tasks, extended writing tasks, practice questions, research tasks and the learning key information.
During year 7 -11, home learning will be set regularly and aligned to the subject knowledge or study skill being developed during lesson time. Teachers should expect students to complete all home learning and home learning should support the learning in class, this may include regular revision tasks i.e. learning of key words. The size, duration and assessment remain flexible and specific to the subject and teacher.
Home learning set during each half term will be marked in a variety of ways; including peer assessment, self-assessment, verbal checking in class and teacher assessment. It can be used as a starter task to clarify understanding, knowledge and/or recall skills.
Students should record all home learning carefully in their handbook and complete it according to the expectations set by the subject teacher.
Students should be able to identify the purpose of the home learning, how it contributes to their learning and how it supports the learning being formally assessed each half term.
Students should take time to reflect on any written feedback for home learning, or the assessments linked to home learning, and respond as appropriate.
Should there be an occasion when the setting of home learning does not follow the agreed pattern and it is communicated to the student that no home learning is being set, then students should record ‘no home learning set’ in their handbook.
Although it may vary dependent on a students’ specific curriculum timetable they should expect to spend at least:
- 30 mins – 1 hour a night in KS3
- 1 to 2.5 hours a night in KS4 (including revision)
- 2 to 3 hours a night in KS5 (not including personal study time in school)
If students fail to complete home learning to the expectations set by the teacher they will complete a detention for the class teacher, which will be recorded in the student planner. This will escalate to a faculty or year detention if the initial detention is not completed.
Tutor and Parent/Carers
Tutors and parents are asked to check the student handbook regularly to ensure that home learning is being recorded and completed. Parents are also asked to sign handbooks weekly and tutors every fortnight. The new online application Show My Homework also shows home learning tasks set and this will be in use by some departments from September 2018 and all departments from January 2019.
Parents and Carers
- provide a suitably quiet place in which children can do their home learning
- support their children in the completion of home learning
- encourage independent learning and a resilient attitude to learning outside of the classroom
- ensure that they demonstrate that they value home learning
- encourage their children and praise them when they have completed their home learning
- be supportive of home learning obligations when planning family commitments
- read the guidelines below from the Government website www.direct.gov.uk