We believe that home-learning, homework as you may know it, has an important role to play in extending learning, developing independence and resilience, as well as embedding excellent study habits for lifelong learning. As a guide, we suggest:

  • Key Stage 3 – 20 minutes per hour in the classroom
  • Key Stage 4 – 30 minutes per hour in the classroom

Setting home-learning and eSchools

Tasks are always written on the whiteboard by teachers; students record the details in their planners, including hand in dates. Teachers also set home-learning through eSchools which will automatically show in students’ – and your – eSchool calendar. Through eSchools, teachers can provide additional support materials and students can join in class discussions or contact teachers directly where further support may be needed.

How Parents/Carers can support home-learning

  • Ask your son/daughter about their home-learning tasks

  • Check that your son/daughter is accurately recording home-learning in their planner

  • Support and enthuse your son/daughter with their home-learning

  • Provide a suitable working area at home for your son/daughter

  • Ensure home-learning is completed on time and to a high standard

  • Communicate with your son/daughter’s teacher

  • Sign and comment in your son/daughter’s planner each week, carefully review your son/daughter’s use of Green for Growth and discuss their plans for improvement

  • Support your son/daughter by helping them to improve their use of Capital letters, Apostrophes, Punctuation and Spelling (CAPS)

Benefits of independent home-learning

  • Students will receive feedback on their home-learning and the progress they have made as a result from their teachers

  • Students will receive praise in line with the Positive Discipline Policy

  • Develops independent learning skills, imperative for employment

  • Home-learning fosters a real sense of pride in students’ own learning

  • Home-learning supports students in learning to further extend learning without prompting, a higher order skill which promotes academic success. For example, students may engage in further reading around the subjects they are studying, or perhaps they might produce a piece of research on a particular aspect of their learning.