Homework & Extended Learning Opportunities

Why do we set homework?

At Outwood Academy Shafton we view homework as a learning entitlement. Homework should consist of meaningful and worthwhile tasks or projects designed to extend the learning of the student outside the classroom and to:

  • extend and support classwork
  • consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding
  • extend and support every child’s learning
  • develop the skills of an independent learner
  • develop deep learners rather than surface learners
  • allow students to gain and practise the skills and knowledge that they will be required to reproduce in assessment situations such as exams
  • develop skills and attributes such as resilience and investigation as well as all the other qualities in the Outwood Academy Learning Model
  • develop abilities in time management and organisation essential in life and beneficial to students as they leave the Academy and progress to university or enter the workforce

How and where should homework be recorded?

Homework should be recorded in the student planner. It should be recorded when the homework/coursework is due in. This is so management of time can be planned. Note on the deadline date that there is homework/coursework due in. This will enable both students and parents/carers to review the planner each evening to ensure that students meet each deadline for the following day.

Extended Learning Opportunities


Students can find specific help and tips for GCSE Geography at geography.outwood.com


A weekly homework quiz will be set. You can access this by going to History.Outwood.com

Sign in using your login details – You were given these on a sticker in VMG. It will look something like:

  • Username: S24189@student.Outwood.com
  • Password: Password1

Once on the website, select the topic your are studying & select the homework your teacher has set. Click the link to do the homework. This can be accessed on mobile devices, tablets, laptops etc.


Provision to come into the LRC before teh academy day starts, at break and lunch times (with a LRC pass) to complete homework, read and exchange books and take Accelerated Reader quizzes.

After school we are open to all students and offer:

  • Monday: Board games & educake science session
  • Wednesday:Film Night
  • Thursday: Reading Club
  • Friday: Creative activities

Computers and books are available every night except Tuesday for homework, research and Accelerated Reader.


All students are set Science homework on Educake. We also provide opportunity for students to use the library 3.30 – 4.30pm to complete this with a science specialist available for further support.