On average, students only spend 15% of their time every week at the college. Therefore, the learning they do when they are at home can make a major contribution to their future success. We do not set a daily minimum allowance for homework as this depends very much on the courses that students are studying. In general, students in Years 7 and 8 should not be spending longer than one hour a day on homework rising to one and a half hours in Years 9 to 11. At times of key assessments, examinations and coursework deadlines, your child may be expected to do considerably more homework. Students studying A Levels should be spending three to four hours every week on homework and independent study for each subject.
The college will ensure that:
- Home learning is set in accordance with the published schedule (available on the website)
- Home learning will be written in Student Planners, posted on the Parent Portal and emailed to individual student email accounts.
- Home learning is assessed regularly and feedback is given to students
- Home learning is appropriately challenging and contributes to learning
- Home learning assignments use and develop a range of different skills
- Parents are informed when home learning is not being completed
Every student should ensure that:
- They check their Student Planner and emails for home learning tasks regularly
- They take home all books and equipment that may be needed to complete the assignments
- They put in the maximum effort for all home learning assignments
- They complete home learning by the deadline given.
Parents can support home learning by:
- Making sure their children have a quiet space where they can study, without unnecessary distractions.
- Checking their child’s Student Planner daily to make sure all home learning is being completed.
- Sign their child’s Student Planner weekly
- Contacting their child’s Advisor if they have any concerns at an early stage
The college’s Virtual Learning Environment (Fronter) contains additional learning resources that students can use if they wish to do some additional study. These can be accessed from www.tonbridgefederation.co.uk.
If you feel your child is not receiving home learning in accordance with this policy, please contact your child’s advisor in the first instance.
Every Child a Reader
It is important that every child makes reading part of their daily routine. A minimum of 30 minutes of personal reading should be encouraged and supervised at home (where the pressures of other home learning assignments allow). This will make a significant difference to your child’s performance at the college. The college will publish a list of appropriate reading material by age on the website.
The Howard Library will enable your child to gain access to books they can take home to read. Please contact the Librarian (Alice Wood) for more information.