Attendance and Punctuality

At George Eliot Academy we strive to provide the best learning environment for all pupils in order for all pupils to achieve beyond expected levels of progress. Consequently it is of fundamental importance that students meet the school attendance target of 95%. Lost hours of learning time can have a detrimental effect on learning and achievement. 

Here at George Eliot Academy we pride ourselves on having high expectations as ourselves as professionals and of our pupils as learners. Consequently it is vital that pupils arrive to school on time; punctuality is a legal requirement. 

  • The Academy day starts at 8:45am when all pupils are expected to be in their designated area for period 1.
  • Pupils are expected to arrive on time for each period of the day (including registration)
  • Pupils arriving late will be marked as late in the register and the defined sanction will be applied 
  • Late to school is defined as any pupil arriving to school after 8:45am (Any pupil who is late to school should show their late slip to their class teacher so that a double sanction is not applied)
  • Late to lesson is defined as arriving to the classroom after the door has been closed by the class teacher

Why is good attendance important?

  • To avoid gaps in learning
  • To help achieve good exam results
  • To help with applications to sixth form, college or an apprenticeship 
  • To prevent further action from the school and/or the local authority

What happens if a pupil misses too much school?

Attendance Stages


Punctuality - What happens if pupils are late?

  • They will be at a disadvantage
  • They may miss important knowledge/content at the start of the lesson and interrupt learning.
  • The school day starts at 8.45am when all pupils are expected to be in their designated area for Period 1.
  • Pupils are expected to arrive on time for each period fo the day including registration and assemblies
  • Pupils arriving late with be marked late in the register and a consequence will be applied.
  • Late to school is defined as any pupil arriving after 8.45am.
  • Late to lesson is defined as arriving to the classroom after the classroom door has been closed by the class teacher.
  • Pupils who arrive at school after 8.45am will receive a 30 minute detention on the same day.



At George Eliot Academy we have homework that focuses on recall of knowledge. We know that research about memory and learning shows that we learn what we think about. We know that we lose new learning if we don’t practice recalling it. We use quizzes, in class and at home, to ensure we develop the retrieval strength of new knowledge. 



Homework at George Eliot Academy

  • Homework assignments are set on Microsoft Teams by the class teacher
  • We also use subject platforms for completing homework assignments including Hegarty Maths and Educake. The assignment on Microsoft teams will link to the site the pupils need to use for their homework.
  • Homework set using forms are usual ten quiz questions. Answers can be found in the knowledge organiser.
  • All homework is set on Monday morning and is due the following Monday.
  • A Learning Catch Up (LCU) will be given for any pupil who does not complete their homework. LCUs are 30 minutes at the end of the school day. LCUs are about supporting pupils to build routines, revision skills and encourage independent learning. The retrieval practice approach is designed to support pupils with the new demanding GCSEs which rely heavily on the recall of key information.
  • The class teacher, the Directors of Learning, the form teacher and SLT will monitor pupil progress.

Homework by subject

English Vocabulary using Frayer models and quizzes on Microsoft Forms – every week
MFL Seneca and quizzes on Microsoft Forms - every week
Maths Hegarty - every week
Computer Science Quizzes on Forms - every week
Science Educake - every week
History Quizzes on Microsoft Forms  - every week
Geography Educake - every week
RE Quizzes on Microsoft Forms – every week
PE Quizzes on Microsoft Forms -  three week cycle
Music Quizzes on Microsoft Forms -  three week cycle
Drama Quizzes on Microsoft Forms  - three week cycle
Art Homework booklet containing quizzes and drawing - every week
DT Quizzes on Microsoft Forms - every week
Food Quizzes on Microsoft Forms - every week

Homework in Years 10 and 11

In Years 10 and 11 pupils will have homework as they have always done but in addition to this they will also have subject specific work which may include:

• Portfolio work

• Exam style written questions

• Exam papers

• Further reading on topics

We reward and celebrate with all pupils who do complete this homework and develop good routines in preparation for their GCSEs.  

Hegarty Maths

Maths homework is set using Hegarty Maths instead of a quiz. The homework is set on Monday morning and due the following Monday.


The benefits of Hegarty Maths homework

1. Every single topic in school maths (850+) is explained in 10 minute video tutorials designed and delivered by, Mr Colin Hegarty.  Mr Hegarty is an-award winning teacher who won UK Teacher of the Year 2014 and was nominated in the top 10 teachers in the 2016 Global Teacher Prize.  

2. After every video, HegartyMaths, has an assessment with questions covering everything taught in the video so students can practise and ensure they understand the maths Mr Hegarty just presented.

3. HegartyMaths records everything your child ever does on the system (their progress and effort), reporting it back to the teacher and to the child so it’s clear what their strengths and weaknesses are and how hard they are working.

4. HegartyMaths allows a parent to see everything their child needs to learn and support them.  Often parents who may be unsure of the schools methods like to watch the videos along with their child and understand the techniques their child needs to know.

5. HegartyMaths, remembers all the child’s mistakes and gives them practice on their weaknesses so they can do impactful independent learning.  


Why do they have to watch the video?

1. Ensures your child will be successful: Watching the video will ensure your child will do well in the quiz and feel good about their homework and maths.  We don’t want your child to feel like they are on their own at home and the videos will give you the support they need to guarantee that they have a successful homework.

2. Helps improve their memory:   Copying down modelled examples helps your child remember their maths and get it into their long term memory.

3. Method marks:  Copying down modelled examples helps your child practise how to lay out their maths properly to help them get questions correct and get extra method marks in exams even when they make mistakes.

4. Good revision:  This is revision.  When revising pupils sometimes have to look over material they already know – that’s just as important as learning new things as making old learning solid helps prevent students from forgetting things

5. It is important as it helps your child be independent:  Doing maths at home with these good habits and methods will help your child become more independent and be able to learn on their own (a vital life lesson)