• Homework

Homework

“If students receive appropriate homework and do it on a regular basis over a four year period, they will, in effect be receiving the equivalent to at least one additional year of full-time education” HMI Report.

Homework is important for a variety of reasons as it:

  • allows students to assess, reflect upon, consolidate or extend work that has taken place in the context of a lesson
  • encourages independent learning
  • allows students to pursue their own interests and develop their abilities
  • enables preparation of a range of activities which can be followed up in lessons
  • provides opportunities for teacher-student-parent links
  • gives students the opportunity to increase their self-confidence and motivation
  • allows students to work in an environment other than the classroom
  • enables students to use a wider range of resources
  • provides the teacher with another opportunity for assessing students’ work
  • provides parents with information about the work that the students are doing

Students should

  • complete all homework tasks to the best of their ability
  • hand in their work, completed and on time
  • bring their planner to each lesson and record the homework set
  • have their planner signed each week by a parent/guardian
  • ask their teachers for help when required
  • when all homework is done consider doing additional work or independent learning through a variety of mediums – books, TV, computers and the Internet, visits to the school and local libraries, museums and galleries
  • be an independent reader always with a book or quality newspaper to hand 

Teachers should

  • ensure that all homework tasks are clearly outlined in every scheme of work
  • set clear tasks at an appropriate level
  • provide a variety of learning activities
  • give enough time in the classroom for students to record homework, think about what is required and ask any questions
  • mark homework on a regular basis giving regular feedback, verbal and written comments in line with the Common Marking Policy
  • be consistent in following up missing work

Parents should:

  • regularly check the planner for homework and ensure that it is completed well and on time
  • provide time to discuss and check homework with their child; where appropriate sign each written homework task completed or the planner homework entry as in indication that it was done at home with the time spent. 
  • read comments on marked homework using this as an opportunity to inform themselves about their child’s learning
  • communicate concerns as they arise through the planner or a letter to the subject teacher in the first instance
  • provide a place which will allow the student to do homework
  • check the planner every week and sign to indicate they have done so
  • ensure that students use local libraries to aid learning and research; spend time reading books and quality newspapers, visiting museums and galleries

Incentives

Good homework will be recognised through various ways including:
Displays, teacher praise, eportal comments, merits and certificates.

Parents should also consider how they will recognise and reward good work and effort.

Sanctions

Just as there should be regular feedback on completed homework, there should be equal consistency in dealing with students failing to complete homework. In the first instance, the subject teacher is responsible for alerting the student and parent through the exercise book or planner. Repeated failure to complete homework will be dealt with at a departmental level. At this stage agreed targets will be set for the student and parents will be informed. Failure to complete homework across a range of subjects will be reflected in the school reports.