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16/07/24

During this week students in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 are taking on the role of apprentices for a range of activities delivered by to help develop skills and an enterprising mindset. Some fantastic ideas showcased in 'elevator pitch' type presentations! pic.twitter.com/orYlU4Pcu7

15/07/24

The recording of our amazing Year 7 drama club students performing A Jukebox Journey, organised by our A Level Drama students, is now available to view on the school website.https://t.co/YCAoHyaCKB pic.twitter.com/792Q3znHoX

15/07/24

With final house point and merit mark totals announced in our end-of-year assembly on Friday, here is a glimpse of the House Results Board since 2013.Will Hepworth maintain their House Cup winning streak and which house will be this year's Merit Mark Cup winner? pic.twitter.com/Enn0HVley3

13/07/24

🟡🔴🟢🏆SPORTS DAY 2024🏆⚪️🟠🔵🟣Another fantastic afternoon of SJL Sport gave us plenty of thrills and spills but in the end it finished with…🔴 Austen as our Champions 🔴Finally someone has knocked Hepworth off of top spot. Thank you to all of our competitors today ❤️ pic.twitter.com/HiPzgnWmdQ

13/07/24

Wishing our students a fantastic Music Tour to Salzburg, Austria - they will visit Salt Mines, Mirabell Gardens, a waterpark, take a cable car ride and boat trip - whilst also performing incredible concerts in amazing locations! Have a wonderful time! pic.twitter.com/y8hSWt9MhX

12/07/24

Preparations are underway for Sports Day! pic.twitter.com/XLQWtNXkCn

12/07/24

What a fantastic day we had yesterday as we welcomed Year 6 into Sir John Lawes for transition day. Their smiles and excitement were infectious as they explored the school, met their form teachers and made new friends. We can't wait to see you all again in September! pic.twitter.com/D0rVHQjlQy

12/07/24

Please note, there is no newsletter this week - look out for our end of term newsletter next week.

11/07/24

Sports Day - Friday 12 July.Students competing need to be in SJL PE kit. All other students can wear non uniform in house colours – please ensure shoulders and midriffs are covered.Sports Day will finish at 3.30pm at the end of the school day. pic.twitter.com/2ucjla3KkI

11/07/24

Year 6 students were welcomed by Mr Barry who will be the Head of Year 7 - before getting to know the school and teachers by participating in lots of fun taster lessons. pic.twitter.com/8Il3Jk6ciI

10/07/24

Thank you to our student librarians for all your support in the library this year - you are all amazing! https://t.co/zQCJEPnRXR

10/07/24

We are excited to welcome Year 6 into school tomorrow for Transition Day - please arrive via the front reception gates at 8.30am where our staff will guide you to the school hall. Please wear a white shirt with collar, smart trousers, shorts or skirt.See you tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/E3UJGeOceR

10/07/24

What a fabulous idea, good luck and have fun!! https://t.co/8ROLTGukBo

10/07/24

Year 7 students were investigating the microclimate around campus this morning as part of their geography lesson. pic.twitter.com/O7WihrRGdF

09/07/24

Guten Tag to our friends from Alzey - it’s a pleasure having you visit SJL! https://t.co/AEHbRUryPO

09/07/24

Year 12 A Level music students have been giving performances this week to Year 7 and Year 8 students, showcasing their incredible talent and sparking inspiration among the younger students. pic.twitter.com/Dz3FcgVnSE

09/07/24

Incorporating trionimoes has been effective for Year 9 students to help inbed their understanding of mathematical equations. pic.twitter.com/LYpELo791J

08/07/24

We are proud to celebrate Year 7 achieving their Bully Free Form status - students demonstrated their understanding of bullying through songs, raps, short plays, diaries, written pieces, artwork and even a newly constructed 'buddy bench'. Well done Year 7! pic.twitter.com/EeguPUxwiL

06/07/24

Well done everyone - especially in the challenging weather conditions! https://t.co/4a1aSvjBaJ

06/07/24

Our students taking part in the DofE expedition have coped incredibly well in wet conditions! https://t.co/WlkEfhWGbw

05/07/24

The latest SJL Newsletter is out now…https://t.co/qMR9tGzRuh pic.twitter.com/3vcHou8vLn

05/07/24

Year 7 have demonstrated remarkable culinary skills in Food Tech lessons this year, recently making a scrumptious batch of cheese scones to take home and enjoy. pic.twitter.com/SmnuUs3G3G

05/07/24

Wow! The Year 7 Drama Club put on a fantastic performance on Wednesday night, showcasing their incredible acting and singing talents. Huge thanks to our A Level Drama students for putting the whole show together! pic.twitter.com/I8yJona5es

05/07/24

House Points aren't just about competition, they're about celebrating every student's unique strengths, their contributions to our school community and demonstrating our ACE - Achievement, Care and Excellence. The House Points tally currently stands at… pic.twitter.com/TWIfvDbEJX

04/07/24

Rounders ⚾️Well done to the Year 7 Rounders team who finished second in the district tournament this evening. Fantastic performance all round, well done girls! pic.twitter.com/TQkWObfHLM

Home Learning

We define homework as any task teachers set for students to complete outside of usual lessons. We believe that homework plays an important role in a student’s education. It gives students the opportunity to consolidate and practise the knowledge and skills that they have been taught in lessons, whilst allowing them to develop as independent learners.

Educational research suggests that homework is most effective when it is:

  1. Practice or rehearsal of subject matter that has already been taught
  2. Clearly communicated and relevant to the course of study
  3. Purposeful, planned for, and an integral part of the sequence of learning
  4. Efficient and achievable within a fair amount of time
  5. Accessible, so that all students can benefit from it

Student tutorial for EduLink Homework

Protocols for teachers

  1. Teachers will set homework on EduLink. This communication will be timely enough for students to be able to organise the completion of their work.
  2. Teachers will communicate homework tasks as clearly as possible so that students know what they are doing and why they are doing it. It may be necessary to insert links to websites or other apps, or to attach documents that give guidance and success criteria.
  3. Teachers will set homework that is accessible and appropriate for the students who are completing the task. Where necessary, some students will receive differentiated homework.
  4. There is no set homework timetable. Instead, the nature and timing of homework tasks will be indicated by each faculty’s curriculum plan, allowing some flexibility for the needs of each teacher and class.
  5. Teachers will leave an adequate time period for students to complete homework. There is flexibility for teachers to set deadlines that are appropriate, but it is good practice to set a deadline that includes a weekend and teachers will not set homework to be handed in the next school day.
  6. There is no set time limit for homework tasks, but teachers will be mindful of the quantity of homework students receive from other subjects and consider the time it takes students to read instructions and gather resources.
  7. Where project work or longer tasks are set for homework, it is good practice for teachers to chunk the homework into weekly steps so that students remain on track for their deadlines and do not leave the work to the last minute.
  8. In the weeks approaching internal and external exams, homework tasks will be designed to help students revise and prepare for exams. Students will also be given guidance on how to revise.
  9. All homework will be acknowledged and useful for the sequence of learning. Where appropriate, teachers will give feedback on the homework tasks that students complete.
  10. Heads of faculty and teachers will aim to ensure that the volume and quality of homework is as consistent as it can be for all the students studying their subject(s).
  11. All teachers understand the benefits of homework as part of a healthy work-life balance. Therefore, teachers appreciate that the quality of the work set is more important than the quantity and that homework set for homework’s sake is ineffective.

Protocols for students

  1. Students will check their EduLink every day so that they are clear about the homework they need to complete and do not miss any deadlines.
  2. Students will carefully read all the instructions and support materials for each homework task so that they fully understand what they need to do and can complete the work to the best of their ability.
  3. Students will organise their time so that all homework tasks set on EduLink are completed by the deadline. When homework is completed, students will indicate this on EduLink so that they can manage their own deadlines.
  4. Although teachers and faculties have the flexibility to decide on appropriate sanctions for students who do not complete homework on time or to an acceptable standard, students should accept that not submitting homework by the deadline may result in a detention in the first instance.
  5. If a student cannot complete the homework for a valid reason (e.g. cannot access the resources, too many evening commitments in a short deadline), then the student will take responsibility for this by contacting the teacher at least 24 hours before the deadline. An extension might be negotiated, but if a teacher deems an extension unnecessary or if the student does not contact the teacher ahead of the deadline, then the student should expect a sanction.
  6. If a student is struggling with a homework task and does not understand what to do, they should, first and foremost, try their best to complete the work in any case. Students understand that not all work comes easily and having the resilience to learn through mistakes is a necessary part of the learning process. If a student then feels that help is still needed, they should contact their teacher before the homework deadline.
  7. If a student is struggling with homework more widely, they will make use of the support available to them. This will involve opportunities such as: attending homework clubs, speaking to teachers or TAs, meeting with teachers or TAs outside of lessons, and using EduLink regularly to help organise their deadlines.
  8. Students understand that the homework set is the minimum work they are to complete outside of lessons. Students are also encouraged to go over the work they complete in lessons each week, do wider reading, and engage with the SJL Extension Materials. This is especially important for students in exam years, who need to do their own independent revision in addition to the homework set.
  9. Sixth form students should see ongoing revision as part of the course and take ownership of their studies outside of lessons. This means that there may be work to complete and further research to undertake, which is not necessarily communicated as formal homework.

Protocols for parents and carers

  1. Parents and carers will check their child’s EduLink several times a week so that they can support their child with their homework and help them meet deadlines.
  2. Parents and carers will provide their child with a suitable place and sufficient time to complete their homework in the family home. If this is not possible, parents and carers will contact the school to see if arrangements can be made for their child to complete homework at school.
  3. Where their child has spent the maximum amount of time and effort on a homework task but has not been able to complete it, parents and carers will inform the teacher so that the teacher can take this into account and support the student appropriately.
  4. Parents and carers will encourage their child to engage with wider reading and the SJL Extension Materials, and to go over prior learning.
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