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Home Learning 2018-11-28T11:16:19+00:00

Home Learning



“Homework is not an optional extra, but an essential part of a good education”. -1999 White Paper, Excellence in Schools

Homework is work that is set to be done outside the timetabled curriculum. It contains an element of independent study in that it is not usually directly supervised by a teacher. It is important in raising student achievement.

Not all homework is done at home; in fact, for some students who find it hard to work at home, or for some tasks which may require resources (books, software, equipment) more readily available at school, it is necessary or desirable to carry out the task at school.

Homework enhances student learning, improves achievement and develops students’ study skills and as such is an integral part of the curriculum. It requires careful planning and integration into the scheme of work of each curriculum area.


Homework enables students to:

 Consolidate and extend work covered in class or prepare for new learning activities.

 Access resources not available in the classroom.

 Develop research skills.

 Have an opportunity for independent work.

 Show progress and understanding.

 Provide feedback in the evaluation of teaching.

 To enhance their study skills e.g. planning, time management and self-discipline.

 To take ownership and responsibility for learning.

 Engage parental co-operation and support.

 Create channels for home school dialogue.

Expectations: When, how much and by whom?

The school has a home learning timetable that indicates the day on which homework should be completed for Years 7, 8 and 9. This helps the student to manage their workload, prevents the need for students to prioritise one subject over another and ensures parents/carers know what work their child should be completing that day.  At KS4 and KS5 students may receive home learning on any day of the week.



How often is home learning set?

Please see the minimum expectations for setting home learning below.



Maths, English, Science

All other subjects



every two weeks



Maths, English, Science


All other subjects



every two weeks

every three weeks

KS4 and KS5 – students are set home learning at least weekly for all exam subjects.



All Home Learning is set by staff using our online platform MILK. All students have a login and password and can access MILK using their smart phones, tablet or computer. Parents and Carers can also monitor student’s home learning via MILK.



The role of the Student

  • To listen to homework instructions in class

  • To check MILK for details of the home learning tasks and deadlines

  • To ensure that home learning is completed and handed in to meet the deadline

  • To attempt all work and give their best

  • To inform the class teacher of any difficulties

The role of the Parents/Carers

The role of the parent/carer is crucial if a child is to gain success from home learning. To reinforce its value through positive feedback will give students the confidence to persevere, work hard and reach high standards of achievement.

Parents/carers can assist by:

  • Providing a table, chair and a quiet place to work

  • Negotiating with the student when home learning is to be done as a student’s free play is important too

  • Checking the time spent on individual tasks

  • Ensuring that outside clubs do not hamper a child’s quality of work and put a child under undue pressure

  • Checking presentation and content of all homework being returned to school

  • Checking MILK to monitor home learning tasks and deadlines

  • Providing the school with information about any problems




Where a student fails to turn in their home learning on the due date, students will receive a stage 1 detention (15mins at break or lunch set by the class teacher). On the second occasion, students will receive a stage 2 detention (1 hour after school, set by the head of faculty).



High quality home learning and a good work ethos should be sensitively praised in class.

Where appropriate, homework should be included in display work. Credits and rewards for achievement and sustained effort may be awarded for good home learning.


The role of the student

  1. To listen to home learning instructions in class.

  2. To monitor and check MILK for home learning tasks and deadlines

  3. To ensure that home learning tasks are completed and handed in to meet the deadline.

  4. To attempt all work and give their best.

  5. To inform the class teacher of any difficulties.

The role of the Form Tutor

  1. To include home learning in student mentoring where appropriate.

  2. To monitor completion of home learning by students and reset passwords for students who have had accounts locked.

  3. To communicate with parents if there is an issue with completion of home learning across several subjects


The role of the Class Teacher

The class teacher controls the direction of home learning and the nature of tasks undertaken.

The teacher will:

  1. Set home learning according to the timetable.

  2. Give full and comprehensive instructions on MILK

  3. Set deadlines for completed work and ensure that they are met.

  4. Give prompt feedback on home learning tasks.

Year 7 Home Learning Timetable
Year 8 Home Learning Timetable
Year 9 Home Learning Timetable