Research over several years in this country and abroad has shown that there is a positive relationship between time spent on home learning and students’ overall achievement at secondary school level.
Home Learning is set because it not only reinforces classroom learning, but also helps young people to develop skills and attitudes they need for successful lifelong learning. It supports the development of independent learning skills, including the habits of enquiry and investigation.
At St Albans Girls’ School, Home Learning is an integral part of the curriculum; it is planned and prepared alongside all other programmes of learning. Home Learning tasks are selected ensuring they are appropriate to the age, ability and circumstances of the students. All Home Learning is recorded on Show My Homework.
Years 7 - 9
Each subject has a programme of Home Learning tasks linked to the programme of study. Home Learning can be completed at home but can also be completed at school. The Library Resource Centre (LRC), for example, is open each morning at 8.15am and closes at 4.30pm as well as being open to students at break and lunch time. In addition, many departments will organise after school and lunch time study sessions to help students with their studies.
Home Learning for Years 7-9 will be set as follows with each task lasting 20 minutes for Year 7, 30 minutes for Year 8 and 40 minutes for Year 9:
Year 7 – 8 Subjects
|Core Subjects (English, Maths, Science) and Languages||1 per week|
|All other subjects||1 per fortnight|
Where there are two teachers for a class students will be set Home Learning on alternative weeks by each teacher.
Year 9 Subjects
|Core Subjects (English, Maths, Science)||1 per week|
|Languages||1 per week|
|All other subjects*||1 per fortnight|
* Please note that in Geography and History Home Learning will be set once per week once GCSE courses commence in the Spring term.
Years 10 & 11
For Years 10 & 11, English, Maths, Science and Art will set two Home Learning tasks per week and other examination subjects will set one Home Learning task per week. Each will take up to 60 minutes to complete.
Drama students will be set practical rehearsals in the lead up to exam performances and these may require more time.
Years 12 and 13
Post 16 courses impose greater demands than GCSEs and a need for flexible approaches to Home Learning. Students will be expected to record Home Learning/preparation set and to spend about three hours on home learning per day.