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About Consilium

Consilium Academies is a multi-academy Trust working across the North of England. It has nine academy schools located in Yorkshire, the North West, and the North East. Consilium is dedicated to enriching lives and inspiring ambitions for both students and colleagues.


Independent/Extended Learning policy

Aims: ensure all pupils receive outstanding opportunities to enhance their learning outside of the regular curriculum.

Examples of extended learning opportunities:

  • Meaningful tasks i.e. extend learning from a lesson or prepare for future learning
  • Not add on/low level e.g. word search
  • Extended research project
  • Attend extra-curricular/intervention
  • Focused revision
  • Exam papers
  • Practise (music, sport, drama)
  • Online e.g. My Maths
  • Homework links through the website
  • From time activity at least once per week
  • Attend the Learning Resource Centre

Frequency of homework:

Frequency set out below is a minimum expected. Each task to require at least one-hour active engagement by the student

  • Core subjects – once per week
  • Non-core subjects – 3 per half term (6 per term) at KS3/ Once per week at KS4 


The focus should be to positively reward students for their effort and achievement rather than punish those that do not engage in extended learning opportunities

  • Through house
  • Whole school competition
  • Homework passport (page in planners)
  • SIMS points
  • Faculty prizes
  • Homework achievement board per department on the main corridor
  • Marked and positive comments - Levelled if appropriate

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Parent to sign planners weekly and contact school if they feel their child is not having enough homework set
  • Form tutor to monitor and sign planners at least one per week 
  • SOW - include homework tasks 
  • Faculty homework booklets for each year group with examples of project tasks set, support, completed and marked work - to be sampled by JM to create a best-practice booklet
  • Faculty leader to record on matrix
  • Teachers record that it is set OR teachers record completion/rewards 
  • Students record in planner and record completion
  • Student homework file kept in pupil work folder including tasks, completed work, and record of completion
  • Homework board for each faculty to be updated every half-term
  • Faculty leader to monitor within each faculty 
  • Whole school scrutiny every term
  • Feedback from Learner Voice