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Copleston High School

Copleston High School Home Learning Policy

Why is Home learning (homework) set?

Home learning is a valuable supplement to the learning experience of all students in the school.  It has a number of different purposes:

  • To develop independent learning skills e.g. thinking and researching
  • To prepare younger students for the demands of independent study and coursework higher up the school and beyond
  • To prepare for subsequent lessons/tests
  • To consolidate what is being learnt in lessons

Home learning is most valuable when it is clearly linked to current or future learning (i.e. it is relevant).  Home learning is an obligation and must be completed.

What kinds of tasks can I expect my child to be set?

There are many home learning tasks that are valuable – the following are some possibilities:

  • Researching (extended projects set over a longer period of time or resource gathering in preparation for future lessons)
  • Learning (e.g. vocabulary, spellings, facts)
  • Extension tasks that deepen the learning in the lesson (set for more able students)
  • Writing assignments/drafting
  • Reading
  • Practising (e.g. presentations/newly acquired skills/examination questions)
  • Projects to supplement the learning (completed over a number of weeks)

We try to set a variety of different types and styles of task because students learn in a variety of different ways, and they find variety more interesting and motivating.  Students may also be provided with a Super Curriculum document in each subject which will also suggest further, optional research, reading and viewing activities to help build on their cultural capital and general knowledge and these can also be done at home.
If a set home learning task requires students to use ICT to complete it, and they do not have access to a computer at home, they are encouraged to take advantage of the use of the school’s ICT facilities at lunch time or after school.

How much, and how often will home learning be set?

It is impossible to specify the exact amount and frequency of the home learning that will be set as teachers need to be flexible in responding to the needs of their classes.  In addition, the amount of home learning set depends upon the age of the student.

  • At KS3 it is reasonable to expect students to spend 20-30 minutes on each home learning task, and that home learning will be set every three to four lessons of subject time.
  • At KS4 students should expect home learning tasks lasting 30-45 minutes every week in each subject.
  • At KS5 students should expect home learning tasks of at least three hours per subject per week, but they are also expected to supplement work in lessons and for home learning with self-directed study (e.g. background research and reading around the subject).  This work may be done at home or during the student’s non-contact lessons. 

How is home learning set?

The school is launching a new online platform for recording home learning in September 2020.  This called Satchel One.

Satchel One is an app based solution that will replace logbooks for all students.  Teachers will be setting tasks on Satchel, and students can either access these via a PC login, or alternatively by downloading the app to their phones.  Students can access the task, resources and due date easily and quickly, and will also receive a notification when a task is set, but also the day before it is due in, which should help them to manage their workload.  Parents will also have a login so they can keep track of the home learning of their children, and help them to develop the independent study skills that are so important.

Staff have already received their training on the system, and guidance will be provided for students and parents in September 2020  The school will be putting in place support for all students to help them access the system.  Satchel one also comes with built in support for all users, so problems with using the system can be addressed very quickly.

Copleston has introduced a new home learning policy to go with this, which is based around three strands;  Recall and Organise, Practice and Extend.  Home learning will be set around these strands across all year groups to develop deeper knowledge and understanding.   For more details, and for the amount of home learning you should expect your child to receive, please see the home learning policy in the policies section. You can also preview the new home learning platform here https://www.teamsatchel.com/

Any questions on home learning can be addressed to your Leader of Learning or to sramsey@copleston.suffolk.sch.uk

How can I help at home?

Parents are asked to check Satchel (using the app) regularly and to encourage their children to complete homework tasks.  If homework cannot be completed for a good reason, we ask that parents make a note in the school diary explaining to the teacher what has happened.

If homework has not been completed, sanctions (e.g. detention) may be given.