Home learning information and resources for secondary school young people aged 11-16. This helps to support them through Key Stages 3 and 4..
Supporting young people with their home learning
Fronted adverbials? Algebraic equations? Biomes? There’s bound to be something your child asks for help with that you're unfamiliar with.
First thing first, don’t panic. It’s ok for them to realise that you don’t have the answer to everything. It’s the perfect time for you to model what to do when you get stuck.
You can talk with them about different ways to get support, such as:
- Asking school (perhaps the most efficient method)
- Ringing a friend
- Checking reliable online sites
- Reading around the topic
- Asking another member of the family
- Looking back at past work – there might be some helpful notes
It might be that your child will have to wait for an answer. You can reassure them that it’s ok if together you can't solve the problem immediately. You can also encourage them to attempt other work that has been set while they wait.
How to keep young people motivated
We all need to work out what works best for us. Having a day off, building in rewards or having something to look forward can help to keep us going. Young people are no different.
Staying up late, a movie night, an extra hour on social media – you can negotiate to see what will help keep them on track.
Online materials to support young people with school work
- Your child should be completing any work and recommended home learning exercises set by their school first. Check your school's website and the resources available through your child’s school account.
Find a school.
You may also find the following online learning activities useful:
The National Oak Academy - online classroom offering video lessons, quizzes and worksheets.
BBC Bitesize - FREE online study support resource designed to help with learning, revision and homework on most secondary school subjects.
Important information for Year 10
GCSE examinations will take place in summer 2021. If your child was due to take GCSEs in 2020, the school will make arrangements for grades to be awarded in summer 2020. These grades will be based on work already completed. Your child's school will let you know about these results. Get information about how gradings will be awarded on GOV.UK.
To support the learning in Year 10 it's important to:
- Keep going with your studies when you are learning from home.
- Revise work already covered.
- Check your school website and the resources available through your personal log-in.
Access additional materials such as the
online classroom on the National Academy website and lessons on the BBC Bitesize website.
- Complete your studies but also spend time together enjoying shared activities with the family as opposed to trying to replicate the school timetable.
- Communicate with your school or form tutor. They can give advice that will help you with your studies.
- Stay connected with friends. Friendships are important for children and young people. Not being in contact with them can be difficult, so keep in touch.
- Try to keep all school work or project work in one place. This can help you keep work organised, not lose anything, and separate home life and studies.
Important information for Year 11
All GCSE examinations have been cancelled for 2020. If your child was due to take GCSEs in 2020, the school will make arrangements for grades to be awarded in summer 2020.
These grades will be based on work already completed. No additional work you do at home during summer 2020 will make any difference to those grades. Your child's school will let you know about your results. Get information about how gradings will be awarded on GOV.UK.
- We've made a boroughwide commitment and college principals have pledged jointly that from September 2020 there will be courses available for all school leavers at Hopwood Hall and Rochdale Sixth Form Colleges. For more information and support you can contact the colleges at
- Cardinal Langley RC Sixth Form (CLRCSF) offers a wide range of A-Level provision.
Further information on CLRCSF website For more information and support you can contact the school at
- If you wish to start an apprenticeship or training in the workplace you can contact one of our specialist providers based in the borough, such as:
If you need advice on your options you can speak to Positive Steps or your school Careers Lead. Positive Steps is our ‘career guidance’ partner in the borough. They support Year 11s so you can make impartial and informed choices on your next steps in education, employment or training from September – even helping if you wish to study outside of the borough.
- Focus on the subjects you will be studying in college or sixth form. Keep and re-read any relevant study books that may come in useful.
- Colleges will produce supporting materials which schools will pass on to students when they are available.
Access additional materials such as the
online classroom on the National Academy website and any relevant
subject lessons on the BBC Bitesize website.
- Share your plans and ideas with friends and discuss how you can support each other through the transition period.
Supporting your child's learning during the coronavirus outbreak
General information and tips on supporting learning from home, establishing routines and more.