Expectations: How much and by whom?

Key Stage 3:

Focus Area

Time per week

Maths & English

45 minutes per week


30-45 minutes per week

English Spelling Punctuation & Grammar

15-20 minutes per week

Other Curriculum Areas

30-45 minutes per week

When a department has a Curriculum Focus Week they will set a variety of tasks for students to complete throughout the week. These may range between vital tasks and some that are optional and will be designed to enhance the learning of our students. In order to support the completion of tasks, each department will put resources onto the school's website. The school expects home learning tasks to be sent to Mrs Lewis so that it can be quality assured.

Key Stage 4:

Focus Area

Time per week


60 minutes per week


60 minutes per week


60 minutes per week

Religious Studies

30 minutes per week

Option Subjects

45-60 minutes per week

Students will be able to attend after school Home Learning sessions in order to ensure that the school is supporting students who want to do their best when completing their set tasks.

Key Stage 5:

Each subject will set between 90-120 minutes per week. The school conservatory is open most evenings for students who would like to complete the work set/extra revision at school both during free periods and after school.


The role of the pupil

  • To listen to home learning instructions in class.
  • To copy down instructions for the task and deadline date into their student planner.
  • To ensure that tasks are completed and handed in to meet the deadline.
  • To attempt all work and give their best.
  • To inform the class teacher of any difficulties.

The role of the Form Tutor

  • To see that home learning is being set and recorded.
  • To check that the planner is being signed by the parent/guardian.
  • To note and respond to any comments written in planners by parents.

The role of the Class Teacher

  • The class teacher controls the direction of home learning and the nature of tasks undertaken.
  • The teacher will:
  • Set tasks according to the school’s expectations.
  • Provide the stimulus.
  • Give full and comprehensive instructions.
  • Set deadlines for completed work and ensure that they are met.
  • Mark and return all homework promptly (within 7 days of collection).
  • Provide help and support.
  • Inform the Subject/Faculty Leader, Tutor and Head of Year, as appropriate, when problems arise.

The role of the Parents

  • The role of the parent is crucial if a child is to gain success from home learning. To reinforce its value through positive feedback will give students the confidence to persevere, work hard and reach high standards of achievement.
  • Parents can assist by:
  • Providing a table, chair and a quiet place to work.
  • Negotiating with the student when home learning is to be done as a student's free time is important too.
  • Checking the time spent on individual tasks.
  • Ensuring that outside clubs do not hamper a child's quality of work and put a child under undue pressure.
  • Checking presentation and content of all homework being returned to school.
  • Signing the student planner each week.
  • Providing the school with information about any problems through the student planner or by contacting the school directly.

Home learning is used to support classwork. It is an attempt to help students become independent learners and more importantly form a base of good practice which can be built on in future years. The Archbishop's School regards home learning as an integral part of the learning process.