Home Learning

PDF iconHome Learning Policy 2017-18

Home Learning is any work or activity which students are asked to do outside of lesson time, either on their own or with parents/carers. It is an integral part of the curriculum as it consolidates, extends and complements work carried out in lessons. We believe that, when properly organised, home learning can play a vital part in achieving high standards. It gives students an opportunity to become independent learners as well as allowing parents to be actively involved in their children’s education.

Setting Home Learning Tasks

Though we do not publish a 'homework' timetable, students need to manage their time so that they do some work each evening and complete work to deadlines. Teachers will not set work to be completed for the next day, but will give students at least two days to complete it.

Research suggests this work should not be excessive; each day, on average students should complete home learning as follows (approximately):

  • Year 7 - 1 hour
  • Year 8 - 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Year 9 - 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Year 10 - 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Year 11 - 1 hour 45 minutes

Guidelines for number of home learning tasks and times:

  Minutes per WEEK
  WEEKLY FORTNIGHTLY TERMLY
Year English Maths Science Geography History RE MFL Art/DT
Music/Drama
7 60 60 50 50 50 40 30 30
8 65 65 60 60 60 50 40 30
9 70 70 65 60 60 60 60 30
  English Maths Science   Option 1 Option 2 Option 3 Option 4
10 100 100 70   60 60 60 60
11 100 100 90   60 60 60 60

In Years 7, 8 and 9, students are occasionally asked to prepare for projects for PE, Music, Dance and Drama.

Home learning tasks are set by teachers on “Show My Homework” (https://helenswood.showmyhomework.co.uk/), and teachers remind students to record this in their planners. Students and parents/carers are allocated logins.