Extended Learning Policy

At Stratton Education Trust it is believed that Extended Learning (formerly known as Homework) is an integrated and purposeful extension of the learning process that occurs within the classroom.

The Extended Learning policy has a number of key aims:

1. To meet new curricular demands:
a. An extended subject content
b. More challenging and exacting demands of exam questions
c. An increased literacy demand

2. To act as a tool to raise achievement:
a. Improving the quality of learning activities completed at home
b. Insisting that students complete ELA (Extended Learning Activities)
c. Challenging all students by the choice of ELA that are set
d. Specifically challenging Upper Ability Learners through the ELAs that are set
e. Engaging boys and getting them to start working more at home
f. Providing better differentiated activities for SEND students
g. Making learning at home have a direct and real impact on student outcomes

3. To prepare students for success:
a. Teaching students become more independent and take more responsibility for their own learning
b. Helping students to set up good working habits now and for their future
c. Encouraging regular learning at home so that students ‘step up’ when they start revising for exams, rather than ‘start off’
d. Supporting students as they prepare for their exams

4. To improve consistency and quality:
a. Encouraging staff to be more creative and more demanding about quality of ELAs
b. Encouraging staff consistency in the amount and frequency of ELAs set
c. Engaging students with learning beyond lesson time
d. Improving the quality of learning that takes place at home
e. Developing greater understanding and support from parents for the learning students are expected to do at home