Digitial Learning at Home
Home learning is vital to pupil success, where they can develop their own independence, study habits and self-discipline in completing valuable tasks linked to each subject. The Academy supports all pupils in doing this: homework is always planned with care and set and marked regularly.
We use Google Classroom to set homework and ask pupils to upload homework to their Google account. We use GMail to communicate with pupils, allowing them to connect with teachers for support and guidance.
The Academy does not use homework timetables. Homework is given to pupils as follows:
Key Stage 3:
Pupils must learn key facts set by subject teachers each week, and are tested on this the following week.
Extended homework: this is set every two to three weeks in English, Maths, Science, History, Geography and French, and may consist of examination-style questions or revision tasks. It will always be challenging and developmental.
Key Stage 4:
Subject test: pupils are set weekly tests according to department policy.
Extended homework: set every two 1weeks as a minimum, and will generally be a challenging, examination-style task.
Homework is essential to achieving any sort of success at Post 16. Pupils will be set frequent, regular and challenging homework, amounting to one hour of independent study for every lesson taught (five hours per week, per subject). Free periods in the Sixth Form are in fact study periods, and students should use make good use of this time to stay on top of their subjects.
Failure to complete homework
When pupils fall behind in their homework, teachers will contact home and work with parents / carers to ensure the pupil catches up. They should attend the morning homework club where required.
Monitoring of homework by parents
As we develop our digital home learning provision our plan is to allow all parents / carers access to their child’s Google Classroom to monitor their homework.
Pupils will also write their homework in their Academy diary.
Reporting of homework by staff to parents
Teachers will give a grade 1 – 5 for quality and regular completion of homework, and this will be reported three times per year in formal Academy reports.