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Homework Policy 2021-2022

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 this important aspect of student development.

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. This feedback should be Formative Feedback. Regular and frequent good quality developmental feedback towards improvement and affirmation of students is best practice

Rationale

The purpose of this set of guidelines is to inform the school community of the school’s position regarding homework. The aim is to assist and encourage students to develop to their full potential in an atmosphere of cooperation 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 in 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 in the Pupil Journal.

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 class work.

Homework is fully explained.

Homework is corrected in class and that feedback to students is positive and constructive.

Covid 19 restrictions may limit a teacher’s ability to take up homework in copies from students. At times Homework may be requested on occasion to be submitted online. Precautions will be taken to minimise the spread of the Covid 19 virus.

Adequate time is given for the recording of 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.

To be given the opportunity to discuss homework problems with relevant teacher.

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

1st Year 1 ½ hours

2nd Year 2 – 2 ½ hours

3rd Year 2 ½ - 3 hours

4th Year 2 ½ - 3 hours

5th Year 3 – 4 hours

Sanctions

If a student fails to attempt work, or shows an obvious disinterest in doing same, teachers will note the first offence in teacher’s handbook and student journal. The teacher will note on the VSWare information system where homework is not being completed. All parents have access to the VSWare information page for their son/daughter.

In the event of repeated failures to do homework the teacher will apply the agreed sanctions within the school code of excellence and maintain records including online for future parent interviews.

Parents will be contacted when a student regularly fails to present appropriate homework by means of a Homework Notification Form.

Evaluation

Staff will monitor the practice of homework in the school. Amendments to best practice will be made in the context of school review. Covid 19 pandemic has given rise to difficulties for students presenting work in a timely manner.

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