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Home Learning

Why is home learning important?

It enables students to:

  • reinforce and consolidate the learning in the lesson
  • extend their knowledge and understanding
  • implement skills required in later life: for example time management, self-discipline, and organisation
  • become independent learners
  • check their own understanding


Home learning timetables are drawn up for all students, identifying when home-learning should be set.   At least 48 hours will normally be given to complete home learning.

All home learning work (where possible and appropriate) must be clearly labelled by the student in their exercise books or folders.

Home learning will be reviewed or assessed and returned to students within a reasonable timescale.

How long should the home-learning take?

The quality of the Home Learning task is more important than the length of time that it might take to complete. The following times reflect broadly how many hours in total students in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 should be spending on Home Learning.

Years 7 and 8 – 45 – 90 minutes per day
Year 9 – 1 – 2 hours per day
Years 10 and 11 – 1.5 – 2.5 hours per day
Years 12 and 13  – 10 – 16 hours per week in Year 12, increasing in Year 13

At Key Stage 3, subject home-learning should normally take 30-35 minutes per homelearning opportunity, increasing to 45-60 minutes at GCSE.  Home-learning should be set on average at least once every three lessons for a subject.  In Sixth-Form, between 3 and 5 hours of home-learning per subject per week should be the norm.