Homework & Extended Learning Opportunities

We provide lots of opportunities for our students to consolidate, enrich and extend their learning. Our students receive logins to access and work through some excellent on-line learning programmes like Hegarty Maths, Accelerated Reader, EDUCAKE and many more.

Our students are encouraged to make use of our fantastic Learning Resource Centre that is well stocked with books and can provide a quiet space to work in after school or at lunch time. Extended learning and “homework” are not simply viewed as an out of school activity because everyone’s home is different and it may not always be easy to find at quiet work space at home.

Why do we set homework and provide other opportunities outside the regular learning day?

At Outwood Academy Foxhills we view homework and the opportunity to extend learning beyond the school day as an entitlement. Homework and other extended study opportunities should consist of meaningful and worthwhile tasks or projects designed to extend the learning of the student outside the classroom and to:

  • extend and support classwork
  • consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding
  • extend and support every child’s learning
  • develop the skills of an Independent Learner
  • develop Deep Learners rather than Surface Learners
  • allow students to gain, consolidate and practise the skills and knowledge that they will be required to reproduce in assessment situations such as exams
  • develop skills and attributes such as resilience and investigation.
  • develop abilities in time management and organisation essential in life and beneficial to students as they leave the Academy and progress to university or enter the workforce.

How and where should homework be recorded?

Homework should be recorded in students’ planners. It should be recorded when the homework/coursework is due in. This is so management of time can be planned. Note on the deadline date that there is homework/coursework due in. This will enable both students and parents/carers to review the planner each evening to ensure that students meet each deadline for the following day. In addition Year 11 students will be provided with individual timetables for after school consolidation sessions in the form of a sticker on the planners.

What sort of work is set?

Homework should be meaningful, interesting and worthwhile. It should support development of the specific course and also qualities, skills and attributes. It might consist of:

  • short tasks
  • longer projects or coursework.

How much homework is set?

The amount of homework set will be dependent on the subject, year group of the student and the nature of the work:

  • short tasks – such as My Maths homework – might take half an hour each week
  • longer projects lasting over half a term or coursework may take several hours in total.

How long will students get to complete the work?

Homework deadlines may vary depending on the subject, year group of the student and the nature of the work:

  • short tasks may have a deadline of one week
  • longer projects or coursework may have a deadline of half a term.