Home Learning

The College believes that homework plays a fundamental role in students being successful in their study. Completing homework to the best of their ability helps students to both achieve their potential and encourage the independence required to be successful in their lives.

All homework tasks will be recorded on FireFly. In addition, students will be told of homework in class and reminded of the deadline. Deadlines should be reasonable.

Key Stage 3

When students join the College in Year 7, homework is gradually phased in during their first term. This is to ensure that students fully understand the College expectations in relation to meeting deadlines and producing homework of excellent quality.

Knowledge Organisers:

In Years 7 and 8, departments will set tasks based on the information contained within Knowledge Organisers. A Knowledge Organiser contains all of the key knowledge (key terms, definitions) relating to a specific topic of study. All of the knowledge organisers and associated homework are available to students on FireFly. Homework tasks, based on knowledge organisers will take approximately 20-30 minutes per subject.


There is a wealth of evidence that demonstrates that those who read regularly achieve better academic outcomes across all subject area. Reading builds vocabulary, increases cultural literacy and is beneficial to students’ mental health. As such, we require all Key Stage 3 students to complete 2 hours of reading a week. Students will be required to talk about their reading in their library lessons and in tutor time.


Key Stage 4

In Years 9, 10 and 11, students will be set homework that prepares them for their GCSE qualifications. Different subjects will have different requirements.

As such homework may vary from: tasks based on information contained within Knowledge Organisers or checklists, coursework, practice exam tasks as wells as reading/research.

Homework set will be approximately 35-45 minutes per subject and we encourage students to revise regularly in addition to completing their homework.

At Heathfield we have a clear system for students who fail to complete their homework by the specified deadline set by the classroom teacher or for homework which is completed to a standard below the teacher’s expectations. Any student who misses a homework deadline or submits homework of poor quality will attend a homework detention.


Key Stage 5

In Years 12 and 13 students will be set homework at the end of most lessons.



Firefly is our tool for setting homework. Staff set all homework through the software and students can access it using their College email address and password. The Firefly App is downloadable on iPads and other mobile devices which displays homework in a diary format. The app, and website, will allow students to organise their homework by date order and give them the independence to manage their learning outside of College.

Please see the documentation below regarding how to use Firefly.