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At Home Learning is a vital part of school life, contributing directly to learner progress and attainment. It plays a pivotal role in extending and embedding the knowledge, understanding and skills that are developed in school and provides opportunities for learners to consolidate and retain their learning.

Aims of At Home Learning

  • To assist all learners in making progress;
  • To allow purposeful repetition, recapping and consolidation of the learning done in class;
  • To extend learning;
  • To embed key subject content in long term memory, e.g. the learning of vocabulary, spellings etc.
  • To reinforce, practise and develop mastery of key skills e.g. calculations;
  • To engage in wider reading and research in preparation for future learning;
  • To allow learners to gain and practise the skills and knowledge that they will be required to reproduce in assessment situations such as examinations;
  • To give learners dedicated time to reflect upon learning, correct mistakes and act on feedback to make improvements;
  • To develop study skills such as independence, self-discipline, time management and working to deadlines;
  • To encourage learners to take pride in their learning

What support is available at Burnley High school to support my child with their extended learning?

As a school, we provide an array of support mechanisms to assist all our students with the completion of set tasks.  Many departments offer lunchtime and after school support sessions, for all Key Stages, with subject specialists.  We also have Intervention sessions (Period 6), providing an opportunity for additional support and further resources.

How can I support my child with At Home Learning Tasks?

  • Help your child by going through extended learning tasks and checking he/she understands what has to be done;
  • Reinforce and discuss the importance of completing extended learning in order to make progress;
  • Provide a suitable environment in which work can be done;
  • Encourage students to attend after school support sessions;
  • Monitor the completion of At Home Learning through SMHW and contact your child’s form tutor if they are having difficulties completing set work.

Where is At Home Learning provided?

All our At Home Learning is set on SMHW. Please contact the school if you cannot access your Parent login.

What type of work could be set?

At Home learning will always be meaningful, interesting and worthwhile. These tasks will vary between subjects.  They may include:

  • Consolidation of learning by applying knowledge and using skills to answer set tasks
  • Learning and revision for class tests and examinations
  • Spelling tests
  • Improving work and responding to teacher feedback.
  • Learning the key subject terminology
  • Research in preparation for future tasks
  • Practise and develop skills
  • To practise examination questions.
  • Comprehension questions related to key learning etc.

How much At Home Learning work is set?

At Home Learning is planned thoughtfully to enable all students to make progress by developing knowledge, understanding and skills. There is an expectation that regular opportunities for extended learning will be set in all subjects and as such, a prescriptive timetable is not required. Curriculum Leaders and Heads of Year will monitor the type and frequency of the setting of extended learning closely.


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“I love BHS because it really does feel like a family. All staff and students know each other, are extremely supportive of one another and show amazing levels of respect throughout the school. There really isn’t another school like it!”

Miss Yates