Our philosophy at Sandringham School is that we believe ‘Everybody can be somebody‘. Regular and consistent home learning fully supports this philosophy in that it:
- provides opportunities for all students to achieve their potential
- promotes a positive ethos and culture in which learning and achievement can flourish, excel and be rewarded
- prepares students for life so that they can confidently take their place in a rapidly changing society as motivated citizens with creative and enquiring minds
To assist students in organising their learning they are issued with a Sandringham Student Planner. The planner is much more than just a homework diary.
It contains a great deal of important information about Sandringham School and students should have their planners in school at all times. Parents are encouraged to make comments, if appropriate, and to use the planner as a method of communication with the school.
Purpose of home learning
Home learning will be regularly set and marked in order to:
- provide an opportunity for students to deepen their learning and develop their interest and enthusiasm for the subject
- consolidate and reinforce students‘ skills, knowledge and understanding
- help students to develop the habits, motivation, confidence and skills required to become independent and lifelong learners
- help students to meet particular demands, such as the completion of GCSE coursework
- helps parents to become involved in their child‘s learning and work and help keep them informed about their child‘s progress
Time for home learning
The quality of the home based learning tasks is more important than the length of time that they might take.
The following times reflect broadly how many hours students in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 should be spending on home based learning.
Year 7: 45 to 90 minutes per day
Year 8: 45 to 90 minutes per day
Year 9: 1 to 2 hours per day
Year 10: 1.5 to 2.5 hours per day
Year 11: 1.5 to 2.5 hours per day
Year 12: 16 hours per week
Year 13: 20 hours per week
Expectations of home learning
We expect students to:
- write down their home learning assignment in their planners, noting the date it is due.
- set aside enough time to complete their home learning to the best of their ability, preferably as soon after it is set as possible.
- complete their home learning in an appropriate environment for study, away from distractions.
- and in their home learning in class on the day it is due, or to the teacher as soon after as possible if they are absent on the day.
We expect teaching staff to:
- set home learning frequently and regularly, mark it promptly with comments and targets that will help students progress if acted upon.
- write the home learning task on the whiteboard and provide students with enough time to write it in their planners.
- set meaningful home learning activities that will help students build connections between what they have learned in individual lessons.
- set activities that are differentiated, inclusive, appropriate, challenging, and which vary in type and style.
- sanction students who fail to complete home based learning adequately or who fail to hand it in on time. Failure to complete homework will normally result in an after-school detention.
We expect tutors to:
- check that students have a planner (or temporary replacement if it is lost) every morning.
- check home learning diaries every week and ensure students are recording their work.
We expect parents to:
- check planners every week and assist their child with planning and organising their home based learning.
- provide their child with a suitable learning environment in which to complete their home based learning, without distractions.
- look at their child‘s exercise books and support their child‘s learning by helping them to act on the comments and targets provided by staff.