Extended Learning Policy

Meadow High School

Extended learning Policy


Policy No. 9

Type of Policy: Non-statutory

Effective Date: November 2018        

Last Revised: November 2014

External Requirement for Review: None, will be reviewed every 3 years or sooner where there is a change to procedure or legislation



Policy Owner: Deputy Headteacher

Policy Contact: Claire Caddell, ccaddell@meadowhighschool.org



1.Reason for Policy

To ensure that school, families and pupils share clear expectations regarding extended learning.


2.Policy Statement

At Meadow High School we recognise the crucial importance of an active educational partnership between home and school.  To support this we have adopted a policy of extended learning rather than a rigid homework system (as is recommended by government guidance) as this can demand organisational skills which some of our pupils are still acquiring.

There may be times when some work is set for all pupils in a class, this will relate to work being studied. Additionally, pupils, parents or carers may ask for work to support extended learning at home. Where the level or amount of extended learning work requested is deemed unreasonable or detrimental to a pupils learning, health or wellbeing a ‘Team Around the Family’ meeting will be called to allow all parties to address their concerns and to come to a mutually agreed arrangement.

There may be occasions when some tasks are more challenging or difficult than usual, as extended learning can play a positive role in raising a child’s level of attainment. These tasks will often require the support of an adult in the home environment.

Meadow High School has a non-punitive policy towards non-completion of extended learning work.



This policy applies to every pupil, family and subject at Meadow High School.



Extended learning

Extending the knowledge, understanding and application of skills that are developed in school and providing opportunities for pupils to consolidate, enrich and extend their learning.


Team Around the Family

A supportive meeting to address issues or concerns




5.1 Setting extended learning by teachers in school


Extended learning should:

  1. Be made clear to children and matched to their ability
  2. Encourage independent working and time management
  3. Consolidate and reinforce work done in lesson time
  4. Provide an opportunity for the revision of completed work
  5. Enable pupils to make progress in all aspects of their development
  6. Develop good work habits and self-discipline for the future
  7. Help parents gain insight into their child’s schoolwork and promote partnership between home and school
  8. Provide opportunities for individualised work and develop skills of independent learning
  9. Provide a context for pupil/parent interaction
  10. Give consideration to the ability of parents / carers to give their child the required level of support needed to complete extended learning should always be considered
  11. Include space for feedback from the pupil and parents / carers
  12. Time scales for completion and submission are clear
  13. Be marked promptly, in line with departmental marking guidance and appropriate feedback given
  14. Be recognised and celebrated where it is completed regularly or to a high standard

Instructions to parents should:

  1. Give a context for the activity
  2. Give clear guidance on how to support their child
  3. Be explicit about the desired outcome
  4. Clearly direct the expectation for adult support
  5. Give an indication of the time required to undertake the work



5.2 Requesting additional extended learning tasks


Responding to parental requests for additional extended learning tasks

  1. Where parents / carers request additional extended learning tasks to complete with their child, subject staff should first liaise with the pupils Form Tutor so the amount and frequency of tasks can be monitored to ensure the pupil is not being overloaded with an unreasonable amount of work
  2. Where reasonably practical, additional tasks should be topic based, related to the subject matrix and planned to take place over a period of weeks
  3. The timescale to return completed work for marking should be made clear when being set

How to request additional tasks

Families should make contact with their child’s Form Tutor to discuss.



5.3 Provision for supporting pupils who are unable to complete work at home


Tutor support

Where pupils are unable to complete essential extended learning tasks at home, form tutors will support them to complete work during tutor periods.



The school library is accessible to pupils at break and lunchtime should they wish to complete extended learning tasks in school. Pupils will have access to the school librarian for basic support.













7.Frequently Asked Questions

How do I request additional work for my child?  

Please speak to your child’s Form Tutor in the first instance. They will liaise with your child’s subject staff and ensure that your child is not being overloaded with an unreasonable amount of work.


Who do I speak to if I don’t think my child is having enough homework?  

Please speak to your child’s Form Tutor in the first instance. If they are not able to resolve your concern they will refer you to your child’s Assistant Headteacher.


How can I support my child at home to make progress?  

Often, rather than additional study of particular subjects, children require opportunities to practice skills that lead to independence. These may be related to money and time in ‘real life’ situations. It may be learning how to access reading material at libraries, in shops and on line. It may be developing cooking and skills around the house. Or may entail learning to be an independent traveler. For more advice, guidance and strategies to support your child, please liaise with your child’s Form Tutor.


Where can I find out what my child is studying?

On our website, there is a matrix on our website where you can see the outline of what your child will be studying.



Go to the ‘Learning’ tab, choose ‘Curriculum / Subjects’ in the drop down menu, then on the right hand side select ‘Subject Matrices’



8.1.Subject teacher – to ensure that extended learning tasks are set: to support the embedding of learning outside the school environment; when appropriate to support exam courses; in response to a reasonable request from families.

8.2.Form Tutor – to liaise with families regarding extended learning; to ensure that home reading books are being chosen and sent home regularly; to provide relevant extended learning opportunities related to tutor time work (where appropriate).

8.3.Faculty Leader – to ensure that the curriculum matrix is up to date and accessible on the website; to ensure that appropriate extended learning opportunities are being provided by subject teachers; to ensure that reasonable amounts of extended learning opportunities are being provided.

8.4.Assistant Headteacher – to mediate with families where there is not agreement on the amount and frequency of extended learning being provided for a child.

8.5.Deputy Headteacher – to ensure the policy is current and reflective of practice; to call a Team Around the Family meeting to address any issues that have not been resolved.



Where a member of staff has not fulfilled their responsibility, this will first be dealt with at a ‘good management practice’ level. Any subsequent instances would be dealt with under the capability policy.


10.Related Information








11. Policy History

Revision Date




Jenny Rigby, Headteacher