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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At the heart of The White Horse Federation is a belief in using collaboration to provide a first-class education to a wide range of children. This means that every child understands what they are capable of, and can collectively strive for excellence.