Brian believe that every student should have the opportunity to access support to complete homework and assignments. However, at his school, some students don’t have access to IT and to the internet outside of school to complete their work, and others don’t have a quiet space they can concentrate and work in. Brian decided he was going to provide opportunities for all students to achieve their best.
Brian believed that his school needed to offer an opportunity after school for students to receive additional tutoring support and access IT facilities and internet to complete homework and assignments. He called it Homework Club, and it’s been a huge success.
Brian followed the steps below to get Homework Club up and running.
- He spoke to two individuals in his own network who offer after school tutoring. What sorts of things were students needing support with? What were the conditions most conducive to student learning? He used this information to develop the bare bones of Homework Club.
- Brian then presented the idea to all staff at a staff meeting and asked for those interested to come along and help build the concept out. Twelve staff members came along to that meeting!
- Together they created a plan to get Homework Club off the ground, and they pitched the idea to members of admin and support staff to get a budget so that they could provide afternoon tea for the attendees of Homework Club.
- The team advertised Homework Club via their school newsletter, in text messages to parents, at year level assemblies, on posters around the school, and in school notices.
Fourteen students turned up in the first week, and numbers have grown from then so that in Term 3 between 30 and 40 students attended the after school club each week. Over 10 members of staff come along to Homework Club to help support students.
“One of the kids we’ve been working with has always struggles in Maths class. He’s got a history of getting into trouble regularly, looking for any distraction to prevent him from having to complete work. He had some simple percentages to complete for homework and kept saying that did not know what to do, that he was stupid and that he’d never be able to complete the task. He came to Homework Club and with support from his friend and a Maths teacher in a safe learning environment, he was able to get over the stumbling blocks and he completed practice sets, recognising that he could be successful in Maths.”
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Brian would love your support for Homework Club, or for you to start a similar program in your school, and he’d love to hear about any ideas you have or lend a hand where he can. Shoot an email to email@example.com if you want to get in touch with Brian and we can connect you. Feel free to cheer him on in the comments below as well.
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