Home Learning

5. Non-Completion of a Home Learning Task

We believe that the students themselves should take more responsibility for managing their own time in order to meet the deadlines that have been set by the school and their teachers. This will be better preparation for when they leave school and have to meet deadlines at college, or in the jobs that they will have.

Years 7 and 8:

We do not usually set detentions for non-completion of individual subject Home Learning tasks on the school schedule (although consistent failure to complete Home Learning may result in an Intervention being set by their subject teacher, see below for details). We do inform parents via an email and record the Home Learning Grade as a 4 on the school’s data collection system. House Leaders also monitor the completion of subject Home Learning and will set detentions for students who are consistently failing to complete Home Learning tasks across the curriculum.

Years 9 – 11:

If a student fails to complete a Home Learning task, the subject teacher may choose to:

  • give a short extension for completion
  • contact parents to discuss the issue
  • set an after-school Intervention session

Intervention sessions:

Intervention sessions run parallel to our current detention system; however they are very different in terms of purpose, as they are about supporting students rather than sanctioning them. These sessions provide an opportunity for the student to work with the teacher on a 1:1 basis to improve an area that is affecting their progress and it will not result in a behaviour point.

Intervention sessions are not voluntary and can vary in time, with a maximum of one hour. If a student fails to attend an intervention session, without good reason, then a detention will be set. The specific reason for setting an intervention session can be varied, but below are some examples:

  • Lack of home learning
  • Poor performance in examinations or other assessments
  • Lack of preparation for lessons such as failure to research or revise prior to an assessment
  • Poor progress in class

Intervention sessions provide an important distinction between behaviour and other issues relating to the lack of progress in class and help teachers work alongside their students to improve their progress.

(See our Behaviour Policy for more details on Intervention Sessions)