Homework is an essential element of the learning/teaching process. Homework should be meaningful for the student and the teacher and should always be set as an integrated element of the material under consideration in class. It serves to reinforce the work being undertaken in class and should act as a bridge between the work of one lesson and the next and a vitally important aspect of each student’s education. The setting and correcting of homework is integral in reinforcing good practice for staff. It allows students to explore recent learning, develop deeper understanding and apply newly acquired concepts. The purpose of giving properly coordinated homework is:- to reinforce and consolidate skills and understanding developed at school. to encourage students to study and learn on their own. to involve parents/ guardians in the student’s learning and to keep them informed of the work students are currently engaged with.
- to encourage lifelong learning.
- to facilitate the realization of the potential of each student.
- to allow opportunity for formative assessment, self-assessment, peer-assessment, thereby forming part of the process of assessment for learning.
- to allow opportunity each half term for continuous assessment processes, with the completion of key homework tasks which will be positioned periodically. This will reward consistent workers and when combined with house exams will provide a more rounded assessment of work-levels and progress.
As outlined in the Behaviour Code,the College staff have the highest expectations in relation to student engagement with homework. Specifically the Code notes that: “In relation to assigned work, it is our expectation that students understand the importance of homework as a critical reinforcement of classroom learning.”
Therefore it is our expectation as a school community that:
Students will take responsibility for their own learning by bringing the correct text books and materials, endeavouring to complete all tasks in class to the best of their ability.
Students will have their St Brendan’s College Journal with them at all times. In order to support organised learning, students must record all homework, written and oral, in the Journal.
Students will endeavour to complete homework tasks, assigned in class, to the best of their ability, and will be supported by parents in facilitating this important work.
|Year group||Monday-FridayRecommended time|
|First year||11/2 – 2 hours|
|Second year||2-2 ½ hours|
|Third year||3 hours|
|Transition year||Task completions as required|
|Fifth year||3 hours|
|Sixth year||3-4 hours|
Students in examination years should use the weekend as an opportunity to engage in further study.
- Third years should complete at least four further hours during Saturday & Sunday.
- Sixth years should complete at least 6-8 hours during Saturday & Sunday
Taking breaks improves concentration levels while at study. It is very beneficial to take a short break of 5 to 10 minutes after each 45/50 minutes spent at study.
- Class correction-presentations or through questioning
- Copy review
- Use of formative assessment-comment only marking is encouraged as a strategy for effective feedback to our students.
- Staff are expected to utilise review of homework to reinforce key learning, through using the assessment for learning principles (sharing the marking schemes, sharing the criteria for success, peer-assessment, self-assessment, comment only marking)
The teacher identifies:
- A positive aspect of the completed work.
- A weakness in the work
- the next steps in improving the identified weakness.
Marking of key homework pieces as identified in a continuous assessment system promotes discipline and rigour in completion of tasks and facilitates on-going attention to homework. Teachers will inculcate a positive attitude to the engagement with and completion of homework. This rewards system incorporates an awareness of differentiated levels of ability within each class group. They will seek to reward good practice through the College Merit Systems
- Journal Merit Pages
- Progress Cards
- Merit Cards
- Annual Awards
Teachers, cognisant of the variety of ability levels in any mixed ability class group should be conscious of the variety of levels at which the work will be achieved. Teachers are required to implement homework policy and contact parents through college journal or by letter as required. Extra homework must not be given as punishment. However, students are expected to complete missed assignments.
- Oral/aural work
- Project work
- Study-note taking, Mind-mapping, summation
Assigned daily homework may involve: Preparation This type of homework prepares a student for an upcoming lesson eg. Advance reading of a piece Practice An opportunity to reinforce sills & knowledge from a previous lesson Extension An opportunity to expand on skills taught in a previous lesson. Enrichment An opportunity to analyse, synthesise or evaluate previously taught skills or concepts. The form or type of homework which may be assigned is not limited by this outline.
- Should a student be unable to complete a homework assignment, a Parent/Guardian should write a brief note to the teacher. Where no explanation is recorded-teachers will record the non-completion of homework in the student Homework Journal. Parent(s)/guardian(s) should discuss this serious matter with the student and sign the Journal.
- Should a student again fail to complete homework (again recorded in the Journal) on two further occasions then the student’s name is placed on the STAFFROOM DETENTION LIST and the student attends the study hall as a sanction.This detention is a time where students will be asked to do catch up work given by teachers in order to complete missed assignments. Parents will be informed by letter of the requirement to attend catch-up detention. Copy of letter to Year Head who will monitor patterns.
- Should a student non-completion (without valid written explanation) continue the BLUE CARD System should be used to report the behaviour to the Year Head. Further sanctions will be discussed and implemented by the school authorities.