Home learning takes place outside of a timetabled lesson; however, it does not only have to take place at home. At iBOS, home learning is learning at any location with an internet connection. Home learning extends from the lessons delivered during timetabled hours and is paramount due to knowledge being better retained by students who revisit recorded lessons later.
Any form of learning that happens outside of the daily lessons is home learning and does not necessarily have to be completed at home. The aim is to expand learning from the classroom to be fully understood by the student and integrated into their learning. If a student continually revisits content, their understanding is improved, and it can be easily applied for future use. Home learning tasks are usually categorised by Practice or Preparation.
Tasks at iGCSE level can sometimes consist of practice tasks where students may be asked to prepare for an upcoming lesson. By doing so, students should be able to readily access their already developed knowledge and expand on it in those lessons.
Home learning differs from independent learning projects. These are less frequent and maybe set as ‘challenges’ or ‘projects’ and sometimes can be optional. Simultaneously, Independent learning projects can last several weeks and help students hone their skill sets, such as teamwork, ingenuity, and innovation.
Research has proven that completing regular learning tasks can advance a student’s progress by months and further indicates that it is most beneficial at iGCSE level. Independent learning projects also show positive outcomes, where student motivation and commitment to a subject is often improved. They can often be targeted at specific students with higher learning potential or students with a passion for further developing their research and critical thinking skills. At iGCSE, evidence suggests that students who complete 2 to 3 hours of home learning every evening are nine times more likely to achieve an A-C grade for three international A-levels subjects.
Tasks often vary in their factors as not all home learning tasks require written evidence. For example, students may research a given topic for exam revision or study coursework assignments.
Home learning assignments will always be noted and checked for any reoccurring mistakes. If a student does not complete a task, this will be documented, and the student will be expected to complete the task later. This would typically involve a shorter lunch or break time ‘detention’, where the student would be expected to complete the incomplete task and start the next. In case of any support or deadline extension, students are encouraged to talk to their respective subject teacher ahead of any deadlines.
At iBOS, we encourage our students’ parents to ensure that their child is up to date with assignments and homework. Parents can do this by:
Students are given an online home learning planner, and parents can offer their support by reviewing it regularly to ensure that tasks are being recorded correctly and are being completed on-time.
If students struggle with a home learning task, they must contact their teacher as soon as possible. If the teacher is aware that a student is facing problems, extra support can be arranged for the student through homework clubs during lunch or after School.