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Home Learning Policy

Principles

We believe that home learning helps our students to become independent learners. It makes more time available for learning. 
It is an entitlement for all our students.

 

Home Learning must:

  • match the personal learning targets of each individual student 
  • be worthwhile and relevant to the learning objectives of the subject
  • encourage the development of independent learning and effective time management
  • be integral to the teaching and learning programme in departmental Schemes of Work
  • be marked (by teacher or by peer marking or self marking)
  • be acknowledged and recorded (formally or informally) by subject teachers

 

Guidelines for setting Home Learning

All Home Learning tasks are recorded by the teacher on Show My Homework.

  • All students and parents have a username and password to log in to Show My Homework where they will be able to view work set, overdue and completed.
  • Some students will need guidance and support to enable them to complete the tasks (especially those in Year 7). We will make clear our expectations to students and parents from the start, and work closely with the home to achieve success.
  • Curriculum Leaders must apply the principles above and establish procedures for setting and marking to support student learning. They must identify appropriate materials and personalised tasks within the Scheme of Work. Tasks can include any activities to enhance and develop learning. Creative approaches are strongly recommended.
  • Home Learning is related to the age and stage of each learner. Teachers make clear to students when the tasks are to be completed, how they will be reviewed, and how much time they are expected to spend on them.

 

Non-completion of Home Learning

If students do not engage in home learning, the following process takes place:

  1. At Thorpe Campus, students will be invited to attend the Home Learning Club. This runs on three evenings a week and is open to any student.
  2. At Frinton Campus, teachers and departments set detentions, and enlist the support of parents. Often a quick phone call can solve the difficulty without need for further action.
  3. Students who persistently avoid the tasks set are discussed by Curriculum Leaders and Directors of Learning and specific strategies agreed.
  4. If these measures not produce a positive outcome, then the College view is as follows ‘We will do our best to set relevant and useful home learning tasks every week. We will chase it up if it is not completed. But if we find that we have tried everything, and we still can’t get your youngster to co-operate in these tasks, we will have to let you know. After that we will continue to set tasks. The student will know they have the chance to do it, and it will be recorded so that parents and guardians can see what it set. It will be up to them to decide.’ (This statement appears in College publications for parents)

Time Allocation for Home Learning

The amount of time spent on Home Learning will vary widely between individual students and at different times of the year. The table below is for guidance purposes only. 

Year 

Aims

Estimated time per week

Year 7 – Foundations

Establishing routines and independence focussing on key areas of literacy and numeracy.

2-4 hours

 

Year 8 – Transition

Building on routines and independence introducing more rigour into the homework in preparation for GCSE.

3-5 hours

 

Year 9 – Preparation

Increased rigour – preparation for GCSE.

4-7 hours

Year 10 – GCSE

Exam focused

6-9 hours

Year 11 – GCSE

Exam focused

6-9 hours

Year 12 – AS Level

Exam focused

9-12 hours

(+ independent study  in College)

Year 13 – A2 Level

Exam focused and preparation for transition to further education and employment

9-12 hours

(+ independent study in College)