homeworkThis Policy is currently being reviewed. There are likely to be changes to this policy.

Rationale

St Joseph’s School’s Mission Statement says that, as a school community, we will “enable the children to experience success and satisfaction.”

One strategy which can contribute to success as a student is the formation of positive home study habits. We believe that the setting of homework for children can serve two purposes. Firstly, it can help to consolidate or build upon the knowledge and skills which children have developed at school. Secondly, it can help the children to gradually develop home study habits which will assist them to meet the demands and expectations of high school.

As a community of educators we also believe in the partnership between school and home in the learning process. Homework is a vehicle by which parents can keep in touch with what is happening in the classroom as well as be an opportunity for them to foster their child’s learning.

This policy is formulated to provide guidelines to teachers in setting homework so that there is a consistent approach throughout the school.

Aims

To assist the children to consolidate and build upon the knowledge and skills they have developed at school.

To help the children to develop home study habits which will assist them to meet the demands and expectations of high school.

To have a consistent approach throughout the school in regard to the setting of homework.

Implementation

Teachers will set homework for their class each week. This may be on a night to night basis, or alternatively, work may be set at the beginning of the week to be completed by the end of the week. Homework will not be set for weekends.

The nature of the homework set will vary from class to class. Generally, it should focus on reinforcement of basic skills, such as reading and maths concepts, and completion of research, and should be relevant to the class curriculum. A suggested time allocation for each learning stage is:

  • Stage One: 10 – 20 minutes per night
  • Stage Two: 20 – 30 minutes per night
  • Stage Three: 30 – 40 minutes per night

At the beginning of the school year, teachers will communicate to parents their expectations for their class regarding the completion of homework. This may be at the Parent/Teacher Orientation meetings or through a written note. Children should be encouraged to complete all set homework. It is acknowledged that some children who experience learning difficulties may take longer to complete some tasks in the allocated time. Parents need to be aware that such children should not be made to spend an excessive amount of time completing homework. As a general rule they should stick to the time allocation outlined above.

Written homework needs to be corrected by the class teacher.

Whilst teachers set and correct homework, completion of homework by children is done under parent supervision and thus is ultimately a parent responsibility. For this reason, children should not be punished for non – completion of homework. However, a record of non – completion should be kept so that parents can be advised of the situation. It is best to advise parents early on if there are problems with the completion of homework.

Evaluation

Practices regarding homework need to be monitored by executive staff members. The Homework Policy should be reviewed bi-annually, or as need determined.