Click here to read our booklet: Home Learning Guide KS3 and KS4 2016-2017.
Students in all year groups are set home learning on a regular basis as we believe that this encourages good study habits and independent learning. Learning at home is an essential part of good education. Regular home learning enables students to practise the key learning covered in class and helps students work towards improving important skills. It also helps students to become confident and independent in their learning. At Settle College we ensure that home learning is an integral part of the curriculum and is planned and prepared alongside all other programmes of learning.
Guided Hours for Home Learning:
- Year 7/8 – 1 hour per day
- Year 9 – 1 to 2 hours per day
- Years 10/11- 1.5 to 2.5 hours per day
- Sixth Form – 14 to 16 hours of independent learning per week.
- Ensure all home learning tasks are marked, providing feedback on what has been done well together with a learning target. Some home learning tasks will be peer marked by another student and others will be self-assessed by the student following Assessment for Learning procedures.
- Set home learning tasks at the start of the lesson, to ensure that sufficient time is allocated to recording the task accurately and that the students understand what is expected of them.
- Set clear deadlines for home learning tasks. If the home learning task is an on-going project this will be recorded in the Study Planner each week.
- Ensure that students know what to do if they run into difficulties with home learning.
- Differentiate home learning tasks as required.
- Ensure that the student writes the date and time of any detention set for non-completion of home learning in their Study Planner.
- Ensure that tasks are wide ranging and structured and that their purpose is explained
- Check and sign Study Planners on a fortnightly basis.
- Check there is no graffiti on the Study Planner.
- Assist students who are struggling with organisational skills.
- Contact parents if a student is persistently not completing home learning across a number of subjects.
Subject Leaders will
- Ensure that home learning is being set and marked.
- Support teachers if a student is regularly not handing in home learning on time. This may involve a phone call home or a meeting with parents in school.
- Carry out a termly work sampling exercise to ensure that home learning tasks are appropriate.
Learning Managers will
- Carry out a half-termly Study Planner monitoring exercise and ensure any issues are fed back to the Tutor team.
- Meet with students and parents if a student is persistently still not completing home learning tasks in a number of subjects (after Tutor intervention)
- Ensure that they understand the home learning task, record it in their Study Planner, commit to spending the allocated time completing the task and hand the work back on time.
- Attend study support sessions as necessary e.g. home learning club, revision sessions for GCSE exams, controlled assessment catch-up.
Parents and carers will
- Encourage and monitor home learning and inform the College if an issue arises.
- Sign the Study Planner on a weekly basis.
A Home Learning booklet is issued to parents in September. This provides an overview by subject of the types of home learning tasks that will be set. In Years 10 and 11 the Home Learning Booklet contains a Coursework Calendar providing parents with an outline of the deadlines for all coursework tasks.
Home Learning Sanctions
- If a student fails to complete home learning task this is marked in the teacher’s mark book and they are given until the next morning to hand it in.
- If it is not handed in the student is issued with a lunchtime detention. The teacher must ensure that the student writes the date and time of the detention in their Study Planner. A record should be made on SIMS that the home learning has not been done and a detention has been set.
- If the student does not turn up to the lunchtime detention the teacher will check if they were absent from school. If they were not absent from school the student is issued with a Faculty detention (3.30pm-4.30pm). A letter is sent home to parents but the teacher must ensure that the student records the detention in their Study Planner.
- If the student fails to attend the Faculty detention they are issued with a Leadership Group detention (3.15pm-5.15pm). A letter is sent home to parents but the teacher must also ensure that the student records the date and time of the detention in their Study Planner.
Although government guidelines now state that schools no longer have to give 24 hours’ notice for an after school detention or get parental permission it is our policy to ensure that parents are given 24 hours’ notice for an after school detention.