Homework Policy

Adopted by Board of Management 4/4/2017

Homework Policy

Aim

This set of summary guidelines applies to the entire school community including students, parents and teachers. We encourage the active involvement and participation of all in developing coherent approaches to his important aspect of student development.

Definition: Homework

This is work assigned by a subject teacher for completion by the student outside of school time. It may be written, oral, aural, reading, project based work or revision work. It will be challenging and purposeful and enhance pupil motivation. It should be coordinated, regular, marked promptly and accurately and followed with relevant feedback.

Rationale

The purpose of this set of guidelines is to inform the school community of the schools position regarding homework. The aim is to assist and encourage students to develop to their full potential in an atmosphere of co-operation and mutual respect. The final responsibility for satisfactory completion of homework rests with the learner. Regular homework is a valuable aspect of the learning process and contributes to the development of sound study skills. It consolidates and supplements the work done in class and promotes independent learning and creativity. It strengthens Home/School links and offers those at home insights into what is being taught in the classroom.

Expectations

Teachers expect that

  • Students record homework.
  • Students make an honest effort to complete homework fully and on time.
  • Students have adequate facilities to enable them to do homework.
  • Students absent due to school related activities (e.g. matches, debates etc) must ensure that homework set in their classes is completed.
  • Parents will support students in carrying out assigned homework.
  • Parents will examine the homework journal regularly.
  • Parents will furnish an explanation note if homework is incomplete or not done because of a particular domestic issue.

Students may expect that

  • Homework in each subject area will not take up an unreasonable amount of time.
  • Adequate allowance is made for time consuming homework such as essays, projects etc.
  • Homework is related to classwork.
  • Homework is fully explained.
  • Homework is corrected and that feedback to students is positive and constructive.
    Adequate time is given for recording homework.

Parents may expect

  • To be requested to check journals regularly and to sign comments regarding homework.
  • To be kept informed of difficulties regarding homework.

Duration of Homework

We suggest the following only as a broad guideline regarding the duration of homework based on best practice and is not definitive.We suggest the following only as a broad guideline regarding the duration of homework based on best practice and is not definitive.

1st Year 1 ½ hours
2nd Year 2 – 2 ½ hours
3rd Year 2 ½ – 3 hours
5th Year 2 ½ – 3 hours
6th Year 3 – 4 hours

Consequences

If a student fails to attempt work, or shows an obvious disinterest in doing same, teachers will note the first offence in the teacher’s handbook and student journal.
In the event of repeated failures to do homework the teacher will apply the agreed sanctions within the school’s code of behaviour and maintain records for future parent interviews. Parents will be informed when a student regularly fails to present appropriate homework.

Evaluation

Staff will monitor the practice of homework in the school. Amendments to best practice will be made in context of school review.