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At Ashlyns we believe home-learning should be purposeful. It should be a vital part of each student’s progress in every subject. It should seek to consolidate and extend already existing knowledge and skills, and should build important skills, such as revision, research, independence and organisation, literacy, and numeracy, amongst others.

Teachers assign home-learning where it is necessary within their units of learning. This means that it is useful and purposeful as teachers have decided where within their lessons it most aids progress to assign the task.

Normally, students will be given a minimum of 48 hours to complete each task where possible to allow them to organise their time. They should check Google Classroom daily to ensure they are not missing the setting of any home-learning, and should organise their home-learning appropriately to ensure each piece is given enough time.

It would be very helpful if students had a quiet place at home in which to work, where they have plenty of space to spread out their books and folders, and if they work without access to mobile devices. Please encourage your child to indicate to the teacher in their exercise book how long each piece of home-learning has taken.

As a guide, home-learning in each subject will on average be set as below:

Years 7, 8 and 9:

Core subjects – twice per fortnight
Subjects taught three times per fortnight – once per fortnight
Subjects taught twice per fortnight – once every three weeks

Average length for tasks:

Year 7: 35 minutes
Year 8: 40 minutes
Year 9: 45 minutes

Years 10 and 11:

As students move through their GCSEs, the frequency and length of home-learning tasks will be dependent on the topics and assessments that students face.  On average, staff will aim to set home-learning as follows:

Core subjects – two to four pieces per fortnight
Options subjects – twice per fortnight
Average length for tasks: 1 hour (though this will fluctuate dependent on need)

Years 12 and 13:

As students move through their A levels, the frequency and length of home-learning tasks will be dependent on the section of the course. As a rough guide, students should expect 3-5 hours of home-learning per week. In all cases, students are expected to supplement this with independent research, revision, and reading around the subject. Independent work at home is a crucial part of success at A level.