Scope of Policy: This policy shall apply to the whole school.
Definition of “Homework”
The term ‘Homework’ should not be narrowly interpreted, as the definition includes more than just written exercises or learning lists of verbs, making summaries etc. It also involves regular revision work and exam preparation. A wide variety of homework assignments are set by teachers and include:
- Report writing
- Essay writing
- Designing and making models
- Visits to Public Library
- Using the Internet for research
- Listening to radio programmes or watching television programmes recommended by the teacher.
Rationale for homework
- Homework provides students with an opportunity to reinforce material already covered in class.
- It provides a foundation for future learning.
- It is essential for students to commit certain facts to memory e.g. mathematical formulae, historical accounts, poems etc. and it is important that these should be revised regularly as directed by the teacher.
- It is a useful mental discipline as it allows students to test their powers of recall and prepares the student for success in examinations.
Goal of Homework Policy
- To assess the student’s comprehension of the material covered in the class room.
- To ascertain the student’s strengths and weakness.
- To promote interaction between the students, teachers and parents.
Time Allocation for Homework
The amount of time needed for student to complete homework assignments varies from student to student and from academic year to year. The following are broad guidelines as to how much time the student spends on average.
First Year: 2.0 hours per night
Second Year: 2.5 hours per night
Third Year: 3.0 hours per night
Fifth Year: 3.5 hours per night
Sixth Year: 4.0 hours per night
Leaving Cert Applied, fifth and sixth year students, will follow a special homework programme designed by teachers for this course.
Students who are preparing for state examinations will probably require additional study time as exam time approaches.
Guidelines for Teachers
- Teachers in the school are expected to set regular homework on topics covered in class
- Teachers should explain homework assignments clearly and allocate time to allow students to record homework in their journals
- Teachers are expected to correct homework after each assignment and maintain appropriate records
- Homework should not be pitched beyond the ability of students and is should be of value to students
- Teachers should ensure that no single subject should take up a disproportionate amount of students’ time to the detriment of other subjects
- Adequate time should be given to students to complete major assignments such as essays etc
- Homework during holiday periods, mid-term breaks etc. may be given at the teacher’s discretion. Exam classes may benefit from homework at these times.
- Teachers should avail of every opportunity to encourage parents to ensure that all homework is completed.
- Teachers should encourage students to avail of supervised study in the Community College.
- Students should be made aware that it is their responsibility to get details of homework assignments from classmates of their teacher if they are absent from class/school for any reason.
Parents’ Role in Homework
Parents can aid the success of their son/daughter through the following:
- Reminding him/her to allow sufficient time to complete the homework assignments. Suggest that your son/daughter draws up a study timetable which should take account of all weekly activities such as sports, leisure, T.V. etc.
- Providing a suitable, quiet place where the student can study, away from distractions such as television.
- Journals should be signed by a parent at least once a week and any comment or message written by the teacher discussed with your son/daughter.
- In the event of homework not done, a note of explanation should be sent to the teacher.
- Attend parent/teacher meetings. Make an appointment to meet teachers if there are problems that need to be discussed.
- It is not recommended that students engage in part-time work during the school week. Weekend work should not be allowed to interfere with school work.
- Fully supporting the school in any actions we take to deal with matters relating to homework.
Guidelines for Students
- You are expected to complete all homework assignments in time and in full.
- Both written work and learning work must be recorded in the journal.
- Your Journal must be signed by one of your parents/guardians each week.
- If you are absent from class/school for any reason, it is your responsibility to find out details of the work that you missed.
- If you are absent from class due to sporting extra curricular activities or other reasons it is your duty to return to class with all homework completed.
- Supervised study is available in the school.
- In the event of homework not being completed teachers will require a letter of explanation in your journal from parents/guardians.
Homework assignments and deadlines are set by subject teachers and must be adhered to. Lack of co-operation by students may be dealt with in one or more of the following ways:
- Verbal reprimand.
- Recorded in student journal.
- An individual teacher may detain the student during break/lunchtime until the work is completed.
- Discussion with parents by phone/by letter/by visit.
- Use of the school’s detention system for persistent failure to do/attempt homework.