Parents - Homework Policy 2013

The days of saying ‘I never did homework and I did alright’ are past. The chances are that the future occupations of many of our Year 1 students do not even exist yet. We live in a world of change and we must change with it. Students benefit from the self discipline required to complete homework. Please be a part of our push to see homework as an integral part of middle and senior school education.

The current policy was ratified by the School Council in Term 1 2009.

Why do students do homework?

  • Homework at Narembeen District High School takes into account the needs of the student and the phase of their development.
  • Homework supports the development of the student’s independence as a learner, helps to further school-home relationships and can assist in keeping parents informed about the student’s learning programmes and progress.
  • Homework will relate to the learning and teaching programmes appropriate to the needs of students.
  • Homework should be set without impinging on reasonable time for family, recreational, cultural and employment pursuits relevant to the students.

The school recommends different types and amounts of homework as students develop through the phases of learning.

Early Childhood Phase of Learning
Children at this phase of development have a strong desire to make sense of their world and to represent and communicate their experiences and understandings. It is important that learning experiences build upon each child’s understandings, skills, values and experiences, both inside and outside formal schooling.

Recommendations for homework

  • Spelling
  • Reading
  • Occasional theme-based activities

Early Adolescent Phase of Learning (typically Year 7 to Year 10)
Students have a growing independence and homework should provide experiences for them to assume increased responsibility and develop decision-making skills. It can build on their earlier work and allow them to see themselves as active participants in their own continuing development. Homework at this level is essential for them to be able to complete all of the requirements of the high school courses.

Recommendations for homework

  • Students in Years 7 -10 should average between 4 - 8 hours of homework per week.
  • Students in Years 7 -10 are to have a homework diary purchased with other items on the booklist. This must be taken to each class and will provide parents with information regarding work commitments and due dates. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that it is kept up to date.
  • Teachers should try to set between 4 to 5 home assignments/review sheets per term that relate directly to the learning and teaching programmes and facilitate the achievement of learning outcomes. This will ensure that homework is consistently set and sustained throughout the high school years. (It should be noted that there are some learning programmes and situations where it may be determined that homework is not appropriate.)
  • Set homework will have clear criteria and due dates, which may be negotiated. „« No overnight or weekend only homework will be set (ie: given Friday and due Monday).
  • Homework will be reviewed and marked by teachers or peers.
  • Homework may include occasional theme-based activities.
  • Where possible major assessment dates to be included in the weekly newsletter.

How can parents help?

  • Ask to see the homework policy written by your child’s teacher.
  • Encourage your high school child to regularly check their diary for due dates.
  • Sight homework diaries weekly. This tells your child that you believe that study is important.
  • Help students to do their homework but don’t do it for them.
  • Provide a quiet area away from distractions eg TV.
  • Check the homework tasks that are listed in the newsletter and sight them before the due date so that you know they are completed and are of a satisfactory standard.

Ask these questions:

  • ‘What are you currently working on?’
  • ‘What part of the assignment are you going to work on tonight?’
  • ‘May I see your work so far?

What will teachers do?

  • Formulate, implement and distribute a subject/class homework policy.
  • Contact parents by standard letter when homework is not done.
  • Keep the newsletter updated with information on set tasks.

What can students do?

  • It is the student’s responsibility to write homework due into their diary.
  • Students should look at the homework they have due in and use this information to plan their time at home.
  • If a student feels that they have been given too many assignments due at the one time they should speak to their teachers WHEN THE WORK IS BEING GIVEN OUT and ask if the dates are negotiable