At Finchley Catholic High School, home learning is assigned to offer students the valuable experience of working independently, fostering self-reliance without immediate reliance on peers or teachers.
This practice serves to reinforce and expand upon the lessons initiated in the classroom, nurturing a habit of private and independent study.
Moreover, home learning provides several additional benefits:
Acknowledging that certain students may encounter challenges stemming from learning difficulties or home-related issues, our teachers assign home learning with the expectation that students will earnestly strive to complete these tasks. The overarching objective is to instil a culture of independent learning, equipping students with the skills necessary to navigate the challenges of higher education and beyond.
To further support this objective, students are strongly encouraged to attend our Homework Club. This resource provides them with a conducive space and access to additional support, fostering an environment that facilitates successful completion of home learning assignments. Our commitment extends beyond the assignment of tasks; we are dedicated to ensuring that students have the resources and assistance they need to thrive in their academic pursuits.
We strongly encourage parents/carers to actively support their child in completing home learning successfully. In the event of any concerns or issues related to home learning, we urge parents to reach out to the subject teacher, Form Tutor, Pastoral Leader, or Curriculum Area Leader.
Conversely, if we identify persistent challenges that parents could potentially help resolve, we will initiate contact with them. Additionally, students are empowered to communicate any problems they encounter with their Tutor or subject teacher. Open lines of communication between parents/carers, students, and school staff are instrumental in creating a collaborative support system for students' academic progress.
At both Key Stage 3 (KS3) and Key Stage 4 (KS4), we harness the capabilities of Class Charts as our primary platform for assigning and monitoring homework. This versatile tool not only streamlines the process of homework assignment but also offers students the ability to record and track their completion of assigned tasks.
Benefits of classcharts.com include:
For Key Stage 5 (KS5), we leverage the robust features of Microsoft Teams to support independent learning, providing advanced tools and resources tailored to the unique needs of students at this level of their academic journey.
We offer various avenues of support for students facing genuine challenges in completing home learning satisfactorily. These resources include Homework Club, the SEN Homework Club (by invitation only), as well as GCSE and A-level clinics conducted by different subject areas throughout the year.
In situations where a student is absent for one or two days, it becomes the student's responsibility, in consultation with their subject teacher, to make arrangements to catch up on home learning tasks. For more extended periods of absence, the Tutor and/or Pastoral Leader will engage with the student and/or liaise with parents to establish a timetable for the systematic completion of assignments. This proactive approach ensures that students, with the necessary support, can effectively manage and catch up on missed coursework.