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Parental FAQs

How do I know what home learning my child has been set and when it is due?

The subject and due date will be recorded in your child’s planner. Details of the homework will be outlined on Arbor app.

How much time should my child be spending on their home learning?

  • This will vary. In KS3 your child should be spending around 2-3 hours a week on home learning each week. In addition, your child will have 1 hour of supervised directed learning time in school each week.
  • At GCSE students will spend more time on their home learning, up to 1 hour each evening and 4 hours at the weekend.
  • At A Level, students should spend approximately 3 hours per week on each of their subjects and should also spend time reading around to enrich their subject knowledge and understanding.

Who should I contact if I have concerns about home learning?

The first person to contact about home learning concerns are your child’s tutor or the head of the relevant department. 

How can I support my child with their home learning?

Provide a quiet space if you can and remove distractions such as phones or video games. Check your child’s planner and help them decide when to complete different pieces of home learning so that they hand them in on time. Test your child on spellings, vocabulary and times tables.  Encourage them to read as much as possible.

If home isn’t a conducive place for your child to complete home learning, decide which days he/she will attend home learning club instead.

What happens if my child does not complete home learning?

Our intention for home learning is to support our students to embed good habits and train them how to work independently. Our focus during the first term, will be to identify barriers that impede our students from completing home learning and to work alongside the child and parents to help he/she be successful in this responsibility.