It is important that students understand the importance of homework. The government considers that learning from home to be an important part of the good education to which all our children are entitled.
The Department for Education encourages services to set homework and where services have a homework policy in place, Section 89(1)(d) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 gives services the legal right to ensure that pupils complete any tasks ‘reasonably assigned to them’ in connection with their education. This means that teachers are empowered by law to set homework that is reasonable in terms of volume and difficulty and to impose disciplinary penalties on pupils who fail to do it. Thus, parents do not have the right to exempt their children from homework, nor do they have the right to exempt their children from any punishment for not completing it, and the service will greatly appreciate support from its parents by checking that their child completes their homework.
Students will be issued with homework timetables and diaries to support with their organisation of this.
Students are welcome to continue to wear the correct uniform of their home school if they wish.
The uniform for the service is deliberately simple.
- White shirt / Blouse
- Black Trousers / Black skirt
- Black Shoes
- Black jumper or cardigan (not hoodie)
- Jewellery, especially earrings, should be discreet and limited to a maximum of 2 items
- There must be no facial piercing. Clear plastic sleepers are allowed if the item cannot be totally removed
- For health and safety reasons, earrings or piercings must be studs. Hoops are not permitted
For safety and security reasons that certain items, ‘hoodies’, ‘caps’ or any other form of clothing, which could prevent facial recognition, must not be worn on site.
If students turn up for service inappropriately dressed, without good reason, then they may be sent home to change. This is not an exclusion from service since we wish our students to be learning in service but they must comply with the dress code. There is little point in having a dress code if students do not meet it or if we do not insist upon it. A dress code promotes cohesion by giving a common identity. There are many occupations where a uniform will be a requirement so our dress code also contributes to preparation for work.
Only for genuine religious reasons or genuine material ones (supported by a letter from the appropriate authority) will the uniform be altered – otherwise it is not negotiable.
Before Service, Break and Lunch Times
In some hubs the service has the capacity to provide a wide range of nutritious foods but not all. Where possible:
- Brunch can be provided as we understand that some young people attend from far afield.
- Lunch includes options such as baguettes, sandwiches, wraps with fillings that include; ham, cheese and tuna.
- Fruit choices are also available along with yoghurts.
If you think your child is eligible for free service dinners contact the service and we will help you gain this entitlement.