In addition to 25 hours of timetabled learning; we as a school emphasise the importance of learning that continues beyond these hours. At West Hill we have an expectation that boys will be completing home learning as directed by their subject teachers weekly.
Home learning is any work or activity which students are asked to do outside lesson time, either on their own, or with parents or carers.
The purpose of home learning:
- To encourage students to develop the confidence and self-discipline to work on their own; an essential skill for adult life
- To consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding
- To extend school learning, for example through additional reading
- To enable students to devote time to particular demands such as GCSE examinations or project work
- To support the home/school relationship
The school does not have a fixed home learning timetable with time allocated for different subjects on different evenings. However, there is an expectation that:
- At Key Stage 3 (KS3) students will receive one half hour of home learning for every two hours taught in a subject
- At Key Stage 4 (KS4) students will receive one hour of home learning for each subject taught
This equates to students at KS3 receiving approximately four and half hours per week. Students at KS4 should expect a home learning workload of between seven and eight hours per week.
These timings are the minimum-expected time that students should spend home learning. Students will need to manage their time so that they do some home learning each evening. Students should record the details of any home learning set by their class teacher in their planners.