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Aims of home study at Nova:

  • To support student learning
  • To improve students’ literacy and love of reading
  • To improve students’ mathematics
  • To allow mastery of key knowledge across a range of subjects

Home study timetable

Home study set weekly with 7 days to complete. See timetable below for term time home study.


Key Stage 3 - each piece 30 minutes
Art project, set termly with clear weekly tasks
DT project, set termly with clear weekly tasks
DAILY READING - 30 minutes (checked by English teachers weekly)


Year 10
Year 11
English 1½ hours English 1½ hours
Maths 1½ hours Maths 1½ hours
Science 1½ hours Science 1½ hours
Option A 45 minutes Option A 1 hour
Option B 45 minutes Option B 1 hour
Option C 45 minutes Option C 1 hour
Option D 45 minutes  
DAILY READING is still strongly encouraged at KS4

*Option letters match the codes on student timetables

Support for completing home study

Students have multiple options to help them complete home study in school:

  • SEND home study club in SD5 every day after school until 4.05pm (including Tuesdays)
  • Access to the LRC after school until 4pm every day (some computers and plenty of work tables)
  • Hegarty home study club – after school until 4pm in SB9 on Thursdays

What happens if home study is not completed?

Class teachers set detention for after school on the day on which home study was not returned or was incomplete (the due date).

These are 45 minute detentions for Y7-10. Students can receive more than one detention on a single day – they simply stay later, up to a latest time of 5pm. Y10 + Y11 students receive a home study detention of 1.5 hours for each missed piece (again, same day).

If teaching last period of the day and expecting home study returns, the work must be checked in the first 15 minutes and any detentions logged to ensure parents are informed about any detentions.

If a student misses home study detention, they will be isolated the following day.

15 or more incomplete home study tasks across the academic year leads to:

  • No invite to prom for Y11 students
  • No invite to reward trips for Y7-10 students

Recommendations for Parents

It is essential that families support their children with their home study. Here are suggestions that families should take to support their child.

  • Use the home study webpage for our Knowledge Organisers and 'How to do your Hegarty, Reading and Quizzing Home Study' if you need more guidance
  • Look at the home study tasks set on epraise for your child
  • Ensure that your child reads daily for a minimum of 25 minutes when at home, then summarises their reading
  • Ensure your child has access to the internet for Hegarty maths, or send them to home study club if needed
  • Check your child’s quiz books and reading summary book
  • Orally test your child on their quiz book and/or knowledge organisers
  • Provide a calm quiet space to complete home study, free from distractions such as TV, mobile phones or the internet (except for Hegarty maths!)
  • Ensure that your child is asleep by 9:30 - 10:00pm and that they have no access to electronic equipment in their bedroom.
  • Encourage your child to attend home study clubs available to them if they need some support, or a place to work.



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