Home Learning

Home learning at Northampton Academy is set on a platform known satchel:one.

1. Quality of Home Learning

At Northampton Academy, we expect all homework set to be purposeful and of high quality. Knowledge Organisers (KS3) and revision guides (KS4 & 5) will be used as part of much of our homework, so that we can provide students with topics that their parents/carers can help test them on – thus, building their knowledge base outside of lessons to free up more time in lessons for higher order thinking tasks.

2. Frequency of Home Learning

Key Stage 3

  • Core subjects (maths, English and science): weekly
  • All other subjects: fortnightly

Key Stage 4

  • Core and option subjects: weekly

Key Stage 5

  • An expected minimum of 2 hours per week per element of the discipline being taught at that time

3. Setting and Collecting Home Learning

Homework should be set:

  • During the lesson, with adequate time to fully explain the task;
  • On satchel:one with submission recorded, and effort usually graded on this website too (unless an online test has been set with the % already shown);
  • Usually allowing at least a week to be completed;

What do the homework ratings mean?

Satchel Rating



1 Excellent Completed on time and competed with ambitions standards. This home learning goes above and beyond the expectations of the teacher.
2 Good Completed home learning on time to the appropriate standard.
3 Requires Improvement The home learning is incomplete, or the quality is disappointing.
4 Cause for Concern The home learning has barely been attempted.
Red Dot  No Home Learning The home learning has bot been brought to lesson (or completed online if that is what is required).


When home learning is collected:

  • It should be reiewed by the teacher for effort, even when in conjunction with peer or self-assessment for quality;
  • If it inolves written responses, these should be clearly labelled as homework in students’ books.

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