Homework Procedure

General Principles:

Homework is most beneficial

  • It reinforces class work and consolidates basic skills and knowledge in the home environment
  • It is challenging and purposeful, but not so demanding that it has adverse effects on the student’s motivation or leisure activities
  • Parents or caregivers are involved in the formulation and implementation of the school’s homework policy
  • Students take responsibility for their homework, supported by their parents or caregivers
  • It is well coordinated and teacher expectations are well communicated
  • It is set on a regular basis and establishes a routine of home study
  • Teachers set suitable amounts of homework which is varied and at an appropriate level considering the age, stage of schooling and capabilities of students
  • Feedback and follow-up are provided regularly to students.

Expectations:

Parents and caregivers can assist by:
  • Taking an active interest in their child’s homework
  • Ensuring that there is time set aside for homework
  • Encouraging and supporting students to complete homework
  • Providing a desk and quiet place for homework and study away from excessive noise and distractions
  • Encouraging their child to read and take an interest in current events
  • Assisting teachers to monitor homework by signing completed work and being aware of amount of homework set
  • Communicating with teachers any concerns about the nature of homework and their child’s approach to it
  • Alerting the school to any domestic or extra-curricula activities which may need to be taken into consideration.
Teachers can assist by:
  • Explaining to students and their parents or caregivers the purpose, frequency and benefits of homework at Parent Teacher Information evenings
  • Ensuring students and parents or caregivers are aware of the School’s Homework Policy through distribution to all families
  • Providing quality homework activities related to class work with specific weighting reinforcing the main KLAs of English and Maths
  • Giving students sufficient time to complete their homework, taking into account, as far as possible, completing home obligations and extra-curricula activities
  • Marking homework promptly and appropriately, maintaining homework records and providing feedback to students and parents or caregivers is necessary
  • Alerting parents or caregivers to any developing problems concerning their child’s homework and suggesting strategies that they can use to assist their child with their homework
  • Teachers to monitor homework with ongoing appraisal, discussion and evaluation at staff meetings.
Students can assist by:
  • Being aware of the importance of homework
  • Being aware of their School’s Homework Policy
  • Completing homework within the given time frame
  • Alerting parents or caregivers to homework expectations
  • Seeking assistance from teachers and parents or caregivers when needed
  • Showing homework to their parents or caregivers for signing of completed tasks
  • Doing their best when attempting their homework

Important note: If the effort to get homework completed is creating problems at home, parents are asked to be positive and supportive of the child and immediately discuss the situation with their child’s class teacher.