The Sele School

Homework

At The Sele School we consider homework to be an invaluable learning tool which consolidates, extends and deepens knowledge.  It allows students to grow as independent learners and is part of the process of them becoming responsible for their own progress.

Valuable homework can take a variety of forms, from research tasks that allow students to either prepare for lessons or deepen their understanding of a topic, to learning through recitation and repeating, to answering questions.  Many different types of homework and ways of handing it in are used in order to help students continue their learning outside the classroom.

Homework will be posted onto ‘ShowMyHomework’ and students should make an effort to check this daily; this will provide information on the task set, as well as when and how it should be handed in.  Homework will also be recorded in student planners. 

We consider it vital that parents are engaged in the learning that takes place at home.  We therefore ask that parents check planners at least once a week and raise any concerns through this mechanism. 

It is also useful to check the homework students have been set and to talk through this with them.  We would also encourage parents to look back at the homework once it has been marked and returned to students, so that a discussion can be had around their progress. 

If students would prefer then there is the option to complete their homework in Homework Club which runs every day for an hour after school.

More information can be found in The Sele School Homework Policy, please follow the link for full details. There is also additional detailed guidance available in the Presentation Guidance and Marking Guidance, which can be found by following the links. 

GCSEPod

GCSEPod is a revision tool for students studying for their GCSE examinations; the service provides high quality, focused learning in ‘Pod’ format across 20 popular GCSE subjects, and filtered by exam boards. We are delighted to announce that GCSEPod is now available at The Sele School.  

This award-winning service will give your child access to thousands of hours of professionally produced, audio-visual content which will benefit them throughout the coming year. GCSEPod has over 4,000 teacher-written, audio-visual pods which have been produced specifically for learning, homework and revision.

The Pods contain all the right facts, quotes, keywords, dates and annotated diagrams that your child needs for GCSE success. Students won’t need to use GCSEPod for long to see the impact; in fact, consistent use of just 10 minute chunks is proven to support achievement whatever your child’s target grade.

The GCSEPod website can be viewed on mobiles, tablets and PCs and Pods can be downloaded for offline viewing. The Pods are mapped to the curriculum and students can access pre-set exam playlists which collate all the Pods relevant to a specific exam into a neatly organised list.  

Once your child has activated their account they can browse the Pod library and create their own playlists – just as they would when they’re listening to music. We recommend that you discuss GCSEPod with your son or daughter to ensure that they have successfully activated their accounts and encourage them to make use of this service throughout their GCSEs.

All students have already been registered with GCSEPod and simply need to activate their account and choose a username and password.  To access GCSEPod for the first time, students should follow these simple steps:

  • Go to gcsepod.com and click 'Login' in the top right hand corner
  • Click 'New here?  Get started'
  • Select 'Pupil'
  • Enter your child’s name, date of birth and type in the name of their school. Your school should appear in a drop-down list. Click on the school in this list to confirm it.
  • Select a username, password, and a password hint to help you remember the password. We recommend that you should use your school login so that it is easy to remember.

Once logged in, students can search for Pods either by keyword, a specific exam or subject area. Each Pod is designed to squeeze exactly the right knowledge students will need for exam success into short 3-5 minute chunks.

For more ways you can help support your child using GCSEPod, visit www.gcsepod.com/parents where you’ll find lots more information and resources. To get the most out of GCSEPod, it is important that students plan revision in a clear and simple way. 

If you have any questions regarding GCSEPod please contact Mrs Pegram-Coyle epegram@sele.herts.sch.uk who is GCSEPod Lead for the school.

For specific technical advice please use the help pages on the website or email support@gcsepod.com

We look forward to helping your child get the best from this new resource.  

School Library

The School Library is an excellent resource and is at the heart of learning at The Sele School.  This facility encompasses an ICT Suite, soft seating and wide variety of books; it is well used by our school community and is highly rated by students. 

The Library stocks a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books, reference materials and periodicals.  The stock is carefully selected to reflect and challenge our students.  Senior students studying in the Sixth Form have unlimited access to these facilities. 

Students are encouraged to use the Library/Resources Centre during lesson times, at break, lunchtimes and after school. Help is on hand in the Library and our students are encouraged to work independently. 

There is also a supervised Homework Club Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 3.30 – 4.30 pm and Tuesday and Friday 3.00 – 4.00 pm which is open to all students.  

All students may borrow up to three books at a time for two weeks.   The Library provides a space for all, in which to develop the skills needed for a lifetime of independent learning and a love of reading.  

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