A specialist SEN school for secondary aged boys with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs

This page aims to provide clear and concise guidance of the expectations of home learning at LWS Academy 

Please also refer to the GFM Home Learning Principles

There are two types of home learning that are encouraged in the GFM:

  • Homework; set work that students are expected to complete. This should be directly related to the planned curriculum. 
  • Independent learning; additional learning completed outside of lesson time to support, review and/or enhance learning. This enables students to independently support their learning, go beyond the planned curriculum and develop their own interests as a learner. This should support and extend the planned curriculum.

The aim of home learning is to consolidate and review learning, to extend learning and to prepare for new learning. Home learning enables students to:

  • Take responsibility for their learning
  • Manage their time effectively
  • Develop independent study habits
  • Develop perseverance – staying with a task until it is complete
  • Develop interests, knowledge and skills beyond the planned curriculum
  • Review the knowledge and skills that they have learned in lessons and receive instant feedback where this is through an online learning platform such as Century Learning.

At KS4, home learning will contribute to examination preparation and terminal assessment.

This policy will ensure that all students can access home learning, which is purposeful, manageable and develops their independence.



All homework will be set on Google Classroom in a timely fashion. Where possible, this should be the day of issue with the ‘hand in’ date clearly displayed. Subject teachers will be responsible for setting homework in line with the curriculum.


Pupils and students will attempt to complete all homework that is expected of them. Consistent and punctual completion should be rewarded, as should outstanding quality or effort. Failure to complete homework should be responded to by the classroom teacher in the first instance. Support to complete homework tasks would be the first response. There will be ample opportunities for students to complete homework during the school day if specific school staff support is required.


Independent learning:

Students have the opportunity to log in independently to learning platforms. These platforms are easily accessed as well as sending notifications to teachers when work has been completed. These platforms include;


  • Google classroom
  • Bedrock learning
  • Century Learning
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  • LWS Academy, Montefiore Drive, Sarisbury Green, Southampton, SO31 7NL
  • 01489 582684
  • enquiries@lws.gfmat.org

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