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Swanshurst School: Working At Home Policy

In these challenging times, we know how important it is to strike the right balance between keeping to good routines, and looking after our students’ wellbeing. To help you find the balance that is right for you, here are our principles for how we will support our students to learn at home.

  • We will be setting work to cover approximately five hours a day, in-line with the school day. Students should aim to spend approximately this amount of time working at home each day. NB: We completely appreciate that this will depend on home circumstances and students will need to organise this time in a way that is best for them and their home life.

  • We encourage students to complete tasks for the lessons they would have had that day as far as possible.

  • We will be setting all tasks in Firefly. Please use the following link to access the help centre, or get in touch with the relevant class teacher:

  • We have asked our teachers and subject teams to set clear tasks- explaining what students should do during the session, what notes they need to take, and how the work will be checked by their teachers.

  • We will set a variety of tasks suitable for students to complete at home - including reading, watching videos, and research as well as questions. We will ensure tasks encourage activity and creativity where possible.

  • We will set work just a few days in advance, so as not to overload our students, and to allow them to organise a suitable schedule for themselves and their families.

  • We will ensure deadlines are staggered appropriately, this should ensure students do not feel overwhelmed. Reasonable deadlines will be set for longer pieces of work.

  • We do not expect our students to be sitting in front of a screen all day, and we encourage them to take breaks and take part in activities that support their mental and physical wellbeing.

  • We will be checking students have engaged with the tasks, and that they have completed them. This is vital for us to maintain regular contact with our students so we can support them and are able to address any wellbeing concerns. This also allows us to ensure students have all the resources they need to complete a task, and are able to ask for help if necessary.

  • We do not expect students in the main school to complete homework, or any additional work above and beyond the tasks set. Additional work for Yr12 students will be set as appropriate by class teachers.

  • We will not be setting homework or subject tasks for completion over the Easter holidays. We believe our students will benefit from time spent with families, engaging safely with friends, and taking part in hobbies and games. We will support this by sending out a list of links and other resources to encourage our students to enjoy the Easter break to the fullest at this time.

We would like to reassure all our students and their families that our students’ development and wellbeing is our priority at this difficult time. All our classroom-based, pastoral and other support staff are working hard to support you- please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any comments or questions you have. Students and their families should contact their class teacher directly for help with tasks, or the pastoral team on  if they are struggling or in need of help accessing the internet. For more support with wellbeing, please look at the ‘Wellbeing’ section on our website in the ‘Parents & Pupils’ area. We will continue to keep in touch and support our students. Most important of all to us is that you stay safe, well and happy, and we look forward to seeing our students back in school when we can.