satchel:one FAQ

How long should my child be spending in Homework per night? 

Each subject teacher will make it clear online how long each piece of Homework should take. At Key Stage 3 students should not be given more than 1 – 1½ hours of work per night.

At KS3 students should be set:
Maths 2 times a week
English 2 times a week
Languages once a week
Science once a week
History once a week
Design & Technology once  a fortnight
Arts once a fortnight
Geography once a fortnight
RE once a fortnight
Computer Science once a fortnight
PE once per half term

What if my child has spent the required time on one particular Homework?
This being the case, a simple note in your child’s planner to sign that the 15/30/45 minutes has been devoted to this Homework, despite its lack of completion.

What should my child do if s/he is struggling with Homework? 
It is always advisable to see the teacher at least the day before the deadline before/after school or at break/lunch or even in the preceding lesson. Most teachers are contactable by e-mail for this reason.

How does my child check what Homework has been set and is due? 
The school issues student and parent/carers with satchel:one login details upon joining.

How do I access satchel:one?
By entering your PIN code (issued in a welcome letter) and selecting ‘The Gilberd School’, you will be prompted to set up your preferred email address and password. Your child accesses satcehl:one with his/her school e-mail address ( and password. All set and due Homework including resources and explanations can be accessed.

What can I see on satchel:one? 
All Homework set/date due/suggested durations/resources/explanations.

How often should my child access satchel:one
Every day students are asked to write their Homework task in their planner and then access a fuller more detailed description of the task online. Parents are also encouraged to access Show My Homework in order to support their children and monitor completion of Homework.

What should I do if I cannot access satchel:one
If a password or e-mail address has been forgotten, the first port of call is your child’s tutor who has access to all PIN codes and is able to reprint welcome letters.  

Brief Homework Policy Statement
Aims and Principles·
Homework will help students to become independent and self-motivated learners.
The aim of the policy is to support learning beyond the classroom and establish good habits for both staff and students with regards to homework.
Homework not only reinforces classroom learning, it also helps students to develop skills and attitudes that they need for a successful lifelong learning journey.
It should also help to foster the role of Parents/Carers as co-educators of their children.

Students will be required to: -
Record tasks set in their planner and record “none set” if no task is set.
·         Spend sufficient time on the completion of tasks.
·         Hand homework in on time.
·         Check satchel:one regularly.
·         Show their planner to parents/carers/their tutor and relevant teachers each week.
·         Attend detentions set by their teacher if they do not complete homework set.
·         Attend compulsory “Period 6” after school for repeatedly failing to produce Homework.

Parents/Carers will
· Encourage and monitor homework and inform their child’s teacher if an issue arises.
· Log into and monitor the homework set for their child on satchel:one regularly.
· Check and sign students’ planners weekly.
· Aim to provide a quiet place for their child to work on homework at home.
· Encourage their child to attend Study Plus club if the school recommends this.
· Support the school by ensuring their child attends detentions given for non-completion of homework.