The Homework Policy has its foundation in the Teaching and Learning Policy, which acknowledges that all members of the community are engaged in lifelong learning. Integral to the understanding of this policy is the belief that all students have gifts and talents and are capable of learning. Learning occurs at different rates and in different ways, and occurs best where the student, home and school have a common goal.
Effective homework engenders in students a growing confidence in their capacity to learn and, therefore, is not set for its own sake. It allows students to practise and consolidate work done in class and to develop the key competencies of collecting, analysing and organising information. Homework provides an avenue for students to reinforce skills and to develop effective time management skills. It also provides parents with insights into what is being taught in the classroom and the progress of their children. Parents are encouraged to be supportive of their child’s learning by taking an active interest in their progress. Homework endeavours to support the needs of all students and is a direct link to the learning program at school.
Types of Homework
Homework may consist of:
- practical exercises providing students with the opportunities to review, revise and reinforce newly acquired skills and knowledge. Examples include:
- consolidation exercises
- practising for mastery
- revising for in-class assessments or examinations
- revising information about a current topic
- reading for pleasure
- essay writing
- completing formal assessment tasks and other assignments
- preparatory homework providing opportunities for students to gain background information on a unit of study so they are better prepared for future lessons. Examples include:
- background reading
- reading of prescribed texts
- researching topics for a class unit of work
- collecting items
- extension assignments, which encourage students to pursue knowledge individually, and imaginatively. Examples include:
- making, creating or designing
- information and retrieval skills
- monitoring of documents, e.g. newspapers
Research indicates that regularly revising new concepts and skills learnt in class is far more beneficial than attempting to revise only at the end of units.
The amount of homework will increase as students progress through their schooling. Coordination of homework across faculties is important to alleviate the stress placed on students with the competing demands in regard to assessment tasks, examination preparation, and consolidation of new work learnt in class.
Students are encouraged to accept responsibility for their own learning and to further develop independent learning.
As a guide, the homework schedule for each year level is:
- Year 7 & 8 should, on average, be no more than 10-15 minutes per subject on the day they have those lessons
- Years 9 & 10 should, on average, be no more than 15-20 minutes per course on the day they have those lessons
Students are expected to work with their teachers to ensure that the homework that is set is completed to the best of their ability within a reasonable time frame. Teachers should follow through on homework so students’ work can be affirmed, areas of difficulty identified and support offered, where necessary.
When appropriate, teachers ensure that students write their homework in their student diary. Parents are requested to check and sign this homework weekly and are encouraged to monitor the homework for their children in all their subjects.
If a student does not complete the requested homework then appropriate action is taken to investigate the reason. This will, in the first instance, be managed by the classroom teacher. If homework is not completed on a regular basis then the classroom teacher will advise the Stage coordinator and Learning & Teaching coordinator where further investigation will be conducted. Students are expected to balance their homework time with home obligations and leisure activities.