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Homework and Study

Homework is important because it:

  • Reinforces learning that occurs in the classroom
  • Encourages students to develop independent study and organisational skills
  • Regular homework should be done each night. Homework is inclusive of revising and learning material from the day’s lessons, reading set novels and texts, completing assignments and projects, study, and preparation for assessment tasks and examinations.

Homework is to be:

  • Programmed
  • Creative
  • Differentiated
  • Limited

While it is recognised that all students have different academic abilities and not all will reach the same level of success, all are encouraged and expected to strive to the best of their ability and achieve the results that their capacity allows. Homework must be differentiated in quantity, quality and/or product to meet the needs of individual students within the time limits set.

All homework is to be recorded in the Student Planner. The Planner is the primary means of communication regarding homework for Parents/carers, Students and Teachers.

Homework must never be set as a punishment or sanction

HOURS OF HOMEWORK

It is recognised that students spend a full day at school, and must balance time for travel, family, sport, cultural, work, leisure and social activities. Therefore, homework for students in Years 7 – 10 is limited per school night to:

Year 7 One hour Year 9 One and a half hours

Year 8 One and a half hours Year 10 Two hours

Individual teachers must realise that this equates to 10 minutes (Year7) up to 20 minutes (Year 10) per lesson per night.

Students in Preliminary and HSC Years are encouraged to take personal responsibility for their homework. Senior students are expected to complete 2½ to 3 hours of homework per night.

TECHNOLOGY AND HOMEWORK

The College encourages the use of ICT to complete and enhance homework. However, it is recognised that not all students have equal access to ICT hardware and software, and homework must not be set such that it disadvantages students with limited access. Care should be taken to use appropriate technology wisely, otherwise much time can be wasted.

YEAR 7 HOMEWORK IN TERM 1

Year 7 is intended as a year for settling into high school. It is a time for students to adjust to the difference between Primary and Secondary education. Homework in the first 5 weeks of Year 7 will be limited to 30 minutes per night, taking the form of reading set by the English and TAS Departments, and skill exercises set by the Mathematics Department. This supports the College’s Literacy, Numeracy and ICT foci. It is imperative that all staff adhere to this procedure for the wellbeing of year 7 students. It is optimal that in weeks 6 and 7 of term 1 the homework be increased gradually so as not to overwhelm the students.

HOMEWORK IN STAGE 5

The pattern of homework changes in Years 9 and 10 to accommodate the formal examinations and it is important that increased emphasis be placed on study during these years. The development of effective organisational and time management skills is necessary during these years in preparation for the demands of the Preliminary and HSC courses. Similarly, regular practice of skills will ensure that higher levels of competency are reached. Homework set in Years 9 and 10 should emphasise the development of sound study skills in preparation for examinations

HOMEWORK IN STAGE 6

Teachers should provide senior students with a range of skills and strategies that will assist them to implement an effective programme of study and preparation for assessment tasks and examinations.

HOMEWORK AS ASSESSMENT

When setting homework as assessment, teachers must put appropriate measures in place to ensure the validity of the task.

HOMEWORK NOT DONE

It is the student’s responsibility to submit all homework tasks on time. If a student does not complete an assigned task on time, or if a student submits work that is sub-standard, without adequate reason, teachers should inform parents of the failure to complete the task through the Student Planner and deduct marks if appropriate as per the assessment policy. Consequences for non completion will be determined by the class teacher. Teachers will seek support from the Head of Department, Subject Coordinator, Learning Enrichment Staff, the Curriculum Team and/or Counsellors to assist students who regularly have difficulty completing homework.

Teachers are required to monitor and keep records of patterns of completion of homework.

There will be occasions when students are unable to do their homework and parents should be encouraged to write a brief covering note in the Planner to explain such situations. However, as homework is a vital part of sound organisational skills it is important that it be viewed as a high priority. Regular completion of homework is a requirement in all courses of study.

In the case where the parent believes that a student has spent time in excess of the requirements on their homework, the planner should once again be used to communicate this to the teacher. STUDY

Study is the preparation for assessments and examinations. As students mature and progress through the College, they will be expected to assume more responsibility for their own education. Guidelines to support students in developing effective study habits can be found in the Student Planner.