Learning at home is an important part in ensuring student progress and we expect all students at Selly Park Girls’ School to complete the work that is set. Completing the work and handing it in on time is a valuable and essential part of a successful school experience.
Home learning is set for the following reasons:
- revisit and review work done through completion of set tasks
- check that the student has understood the work covered in the lesson
- apply and practise skills, e.g. developing essay writing skills
- extend knowledge through further research and additional reading
- provide extra practice of what has been done in the lesson
- catch up with missed work, if necessary
- complete coursework assignments
- prepare for future learning
The benefits of learning at home for students are as follows:
- to improve and develop personal organisation and time-management
- to increase self-discipline and the ability to set realistic goals
- to take responsibility for their own learning and encourage greater independence
- to complete activities using resources from outside school, e.g. libraries/ museums
Amount of time- all subjects
All students are expected to complete home learning tasks for their respective subjects as below:
During the academic year, students may need to complete more detailed home learning tasks which may take longer. For example Year 11 students from time to time will be expected to complete detailed exam questions with a view to preparing them for their exams. Students will always have at least 48 hours to complete the task set.
The home learning timetable is published and shared with pupils, staff and parents and is available to download below:
Role of Parents/Carers
Your daughter is expected to record her home learning by writing it down in her school planner. Parents are expected to check the planner and sign it every week. Teachers will also record home learning on Class Charts and attach resources that are needed. If your daughter is regularly saying that home learning has not been set or if there is too much or too little, please contact her form tutor, her Head of Year or write a note in her planner to let them know that you are concerned.
If your daughter is absent from school, through illness, homework must be caught up as well as class work. Below is further guidance:
- Try to make sure that there is a suitable place for her to work at home (a quiet place where she can concentrate), or encourage her to use our library or to attend the homework club in school.
- Try to take an interest in the tasks to be done rather than just insisting on its completion.
- Help, where appropriate.
- Help with time management so that learning is not left until the last evening before the deadline but equally make sure she is not spending too long on a piece of work
- Keep her positive by being interested in her work and by giving lots of praise when work is completed
- Check the home learning task via the Class Charts app, you will also be able to access resources
If we at school and you at home, work together to help with your daughter’s learning at home, then she will achieve better grades in her examinations.
The school library is open from 8am, it is a quiet place for your daughter to work and research and if necessary to ask for help with her work.
The LDC is open before school from 8am daily and after school from 3.00pm-5.00pm where your daughter can complete her home learning with staff supervision.