The school believes that home learning is an essential part of all students' education. It gives opportunity to extend and consolidate work done in class; it encourages the production of creative, reflective and investigative work independent of the teacher; it also develops skills in personal organisation and a sense of responsibility. Home learning is an essential part of preparation for examinations and it is vital that students dedicate time learning key information required for exam success. Home learning also provides a valuable opportunity for teachers to assess the progress of students and use this to inform future learning.
The Responsibility of the School
Teachers will set appropriate tasks according to the school’s home learning guidelines. The nature of the task will vary considerable and can range from completion of short activities (such as completing worksheets) to extended tasks. Where extended tasks are set over a number of weeks these should be broken down into a series of smaller steps for students to complete.
Tasks should be differentiated where necessary to enable all students to complete a worthwhile piece of work in the time allocated. If the task forms part of the assessment of students’ progress then clear success criteria should be provided and formative feedback should be given to pupils.
Students are more likely to engage with homework if they have opportunities to be creative, have an element of choice and are able to develop ideas of interest to them. To maintain students’ motivation and ensure that all learning styles are used a range of activities should be set.
Student planners/Show My Homework (SMHW)
All home learning is to be recorded in the student planner under the supervision of the subject teacher and recorded using the Show My Homework area. Details of the home learning should be given in written form, well before the end of the lesson, to allow every student in the group time to write the details down.
Tutors will check and sign student planners weekly; they will send the standard letter home if a child persistently fails to get the planner signed by parents or fails to produce their planner. Tutors and subject teachers will respond to any comments by parents.
When home learning is not completed on time teachers will take appropriate action to ensure that students complete homework. This will involve detaining a student to complete the task. If a student fails to hand in work regularly then the teacher should contact parents and inform them of this concern. If concerns continue then the student will be placed in after school detention with a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
Show My Homework allows parents to view their son/daughter’s homework online. Login details have been issued to all parents of current students who are contact 1 for their child. Other adults with parental responsibility may request login details. From September 2016, parents of new students will be sent login details towards the end of September.
For any queries, please email SMHW initially at firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, contact the school on Office@devizes.wilts.sch.uk
The Responsibility of the Student
All students are expected to fully complete home learning tasks to the best of their ability by the deadline set. If a task has not been completed then students will be detained in order to complete the task. If students have difficulty completing the task then they should discuss this with the teacher before the deadline.
Student planners/Show My Homework (SMHW)
Students are required to have their planners with them at all times. Planners should be placed on desks at the start of every lesson with the other equipment required for learning. Students are expected to accurately record the details of each home learning task in their planners and use this information to plan their home learning commitments to ensure all deadlines are met. Students are also expected to use the Show My Homework site to access their home learning tasks on a daily basis.
Absences from school
Students are expected, wherever possible, to complete home learning tasks set in their absence. On returning to school, students should find out what tasks need to be completed and the due date. If necessary the students should discuss with their teacher a later date for the work to be completed.
The Responsibility of the Parent
We expect parents to take an interest in their child’s homework and encourage them to complete it to the best of their ability. The following guidelines are offered to support parents in establishing good routines for home learning.
- Encourage students to find a suitable comfortable and quiet place for completing home learning task, ideally an area that has a table. This area should be free of distraction such as TV, music etc.
- Establishing a regular routine e.g. 4.30 - 6.00 pm every weekday is home learning time. This will be helpful is setting up good habits.
- Use the planner to check that tasks are fully completed by the deadlines set and use their Show My Homework log in to access the Home Learning site to check all home learning recorded for their child/children.
- Check the planner each night and sign in the space provided each week.
- Use the planner to communicate with teaching staff.