Home Learning - St Wilfrids Catholic High School and Sixth Form College

Home Learning

Home Learning – follow the link to view the Home Learning Policy

“Work hard and cheerfully at all you do, just as though you were working for the Lord and not merely for your masters.”  Colossians 3:23 _____________________________________________________________________________________________

At St Wilfrid’s we believe that a child’s learning is not limited to the confines of the classroom. We will seek to set home learning that enables your child to become increasingly responsible for their own learning. Teachers will ensure that learning is promoted beyond the classroom and that our pupils develop their learning independently at home. It makes clear the nature of setting home learning tasks, the regularity of setting home learning tasks and outlines expectations of form tutor, teachers, parents and pupils in ensuring home learning is completed to a suitable standard and is also relevant, differentiated, meaningful and marked with relevant feedback from each member of staff.

Why is home learning important?

Home learning must enable students to:

  • consolidate/extend work
  • develop research skills
  • have opportunity for independent work
  • access resources not available in the classroom
  • show progress and understanding
  • take ownership and responsibility for learning
  • enhance their study skills

Tasks may include:

  • practice-learn by doing
  • independent learning
  • coursework/controlled assessment preparation
  • research
  • reading
  • interview
  • drawing
  • using ICT
  • recording
  • model making
  • extended writing
  • exam questions and/or tests


Given that the demands on each Key Stage and subject area are slightly different, it is difficult to create a policy which outlines the precise number of home learning tasks to be completed and on which day of the week. As a result, the following guidance has been written:

KS5 – Minimum of 2 pieces per subject per week.

KS4 – Options, RE and core MFL – 1 per week. Science – 3 per week. English & Maths – 3 per 2 weeks

KS3 – RE, English, Maths & MFL – 1 per week. Science – 2 per week

All other subjects – 1 every 2 weeks

This allows for the home learning to be well prepared; appropriate and challenging for all learners. A department may also decide that they wish to replace the fortnightly policy for a half termly project based task, especially at Key Stage 3. If this is the case, departments must be consistent in the application of such project tasks and make the success criteria clear to all pupils.  The project task must reflect the amount of work pupils would have carried out if individual tasks had been set instead, weekly.  Where the demands of a course, particularly at Key Stage 4 & 5 warrant home learning to be more than once a week, this is acceptable.  However, reasonable deadlines must be set to enable all pupils to succeed.

All subject areas identify the nature of home learning tasks per half term, in each year group. This information is then available to pupils, parents and form tutors in pupil planners.  All home learning is recorded via SIMS, as well as in pupil planners and can be accessed by both pupils and parents via SIMS Parent App. Information will include the name of the subject and member of staff setting the work, the title of the home learning, the date when the work was set and when the work is due to be completed by.

Parents must:

  • support students but not do the home learning for the student
  • make sure their child is spending the required amount of time completing the home learning
  • help pupils with strategies to cope
  • access home learning logs via the SIMS Parents App
  • please contact school if there is a problem regarding home learning

Pupils must:

  • record their home learning in their planner
  • organise their time to ensure all home learning deadlines are met
  • try their best to produce work of the required standard with each piece of home learning to ensure progress
  • take pride in their work
  • react to all feedback given to make further improvements to their work.


Responding to initial Disclosures

It is important to stay calm and keep the environment you are in as relaxed as possible, this will help to support the young person. Remember, issues around sexting are a safeguarding issue, and you should therefore ensure you follow your setting’s safeguarding policies and processes.

If you are not a DSL, you should refrain from asking for further information about the imagery.

Remember not to use language that implies blame or judgment. Recognise the courage it has taken to speak up and reassure them that they have done the right thing by raising their concern. Let them know that you will need to pass on this information to the DSL and be clear that this is so that you can provide the best possible support for them.

You can find out more about how to handle a sexting incident with our downloadable guidance.

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Responding to a Sexting Incident as a non-DSL

The 2020 guidance from the UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS) shares the following guidance on how to respond to an incident involving sexting.

  1. Report it to your Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or equivalent immediately, your setting’s child protection policy should be followed, and the young person should be reassured about the reporting process and support available from DSLs.
  2. It is illegal to view, share, save, or request that the young person share or download the imagery. If you do see the imagery by accident, you should report this to the DSL and seek support.
  3. Do not interfere with the imagery by deleting it or asking the young person to delete it.
  4. Do not request further information regarding the imagery from the young person.
  5. Do not share information about the incident to other members of staff, any young people involved, or parents and carers.

For further information, read the UKCIS guidance overview here.

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Responding to a Sexting Incident as a DSL

Every instance of sexting is different, and there are many factors to consider when responding to a sexting incident, including aggravating factors such as:

  • Adult Involvement
  • Intent to Harm: Instances of abuse, blackmail, and coercion.
  • Reckless Misuse: Images sent without consent or without thought, but without intent to cause harm.

To find out the full guidance on how to address and assess a sexting incident with consideration of any aggravating or experimental factors, DSLs should read 1.6 ‘Understanding motivations and behaviour' of the UKCIS Guidance.

As a DSL, it is important to gather as much information as possible, including:

  1. Information on whether the incident involves images, videos, or messages.
  2. Who is featured in the content.
  3. Who sent the content.
  4. If any adults are involved
  5. Where the content is located.

It is essential to record all decisions and steps taken during a sexting incident. Any documentation should explain why certain actions were or were not taken. Examples of this include explaining why it was not necessary to report an instance of sexting to the police, and why it can be handled internally. Remember, your approach should be child-centric and all decisions need to be justifiable and taken in the best interests of the child.

Once a sexting incident has been addressed, it is essential that your organisation reviews the case to see where procedures and responses can be improved or learned from. In line with your setting’s safeguarding policies and practices, you should ensure the child is provided with appropriate post-incident support as required.

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Reporting to the Police and/or Local Authorities

There are occasions where sexting incidents do not need to involve the police, such as when an incident is ‘experimental’ rather than ‘aggravated.’ An experimental incident involves the sharing of nudes or semi-nudes without adult involvement and with no apparent intent to harm or reckless misuse.

Aggravated or abusive incidents of sexting should always be reported to the police through the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).

Once an incident has been reported to the police, they will be able to ensure a thorough investigation through the collection of all evidence. Any incident reported to the police will be recorded as an incident on their crime systems.

If a device needs to be passed on to the police, the involved devices should be disconnected from Wi-Fi and data and turned off immediately. The device should be locked in a secure place until the police are able to collect it.

To find out more information about the reporting process, you should read 1.9 ‘The Police Response’ of the UKCIS Guidance.

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Informing Parents

Generally, when incidents are disclosed, it is best to tell the parents or guardians of any young person involved. Exceptions can include when there is a risk or harm to the child by doing this, or if the young person expresses that this could cause a genuine problem.

Whether to tell the guardians or not is ultimately up to the DSL's discretion, however, they should always ensure to record and justify their decision within the establishment incident logs.

If the parents are informed, it is usually best to support the young person and involve them in deciding how to approach the conversation, by finding out what would make it easier for them (e.g. being present at the time or not).

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Reporting CSAM

Any incident that includes CSAM content online should be reported to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), who can identify and remove any content that includes child sexual abuse imagery.

You can also encourage children under the age of 18 to use Report Remove to help get an image or video of themselves taken down online. Report Remove is provided by IWF and Childline, and keeps the young person informed at each stage of their report, whilst providing further support when necessary.

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