Homework is any work or activity which students are asked to do outside lesson time either on their own or with parents or carers.
Homework should not prevent students from participating in an activity after school such as sport, music or clubs of any kind. Equally, students should plan such activities to allow time to complete homework.
The Purpose of Homework
- To encourage students to develop the confidence and self-discipline to work on their own, an essential skill for adult life.
- To consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding.
- To extend school learning, for example through additional reading.
- To enable students to devote time to particular demands such as project work.
- To support the home/school relationship.
The Amount of Homework
The school does not have a fixed homework timetable with time allocated for different subjects on different evenings. Students will need to learn to manage their time so that they do some homework each evening. As a general rule, the time devoted to homework should increase as the student progresses through the school.
At Woodlawn, suggested daily homework hours are as follows:
- Years 11 and 12 – 2-3 hours (but dependent on individual patterns of study)
- Years 9 and 10 – 1 1/2 – 2 hours
- Years 7 and 8 – 1/2 hour – 1 hour
- Suggested daily homework hours may fluctuate depending on such things as: the nature of the courses being studied; pending examinations; and times when assignments and assessment tasks are set or due.
- Various scenarios may require some hours to be assigned to the completion of homework on weekends.
Teacher Considerations When Setting Homework
Teachers will take the following into consideration when setting homework:
- the requirements of the curriculum
- the student’s age, stage of schooling and intellectual development
- the extent to which the homework consolidates and/or complements learning experienced that day and/or during the programmed time period of particular unit of study
- the limitations and possible negative impact of too much homework
- student’s other commitments outside of school
- the extent of individual student email and internet access
- any other relevant pastoral issue(s) related to the completion of homework by a student
Types of Homework
Homework might include such things as:
- writing assignments
- learning assignments
- preparing an oral presentation
- reading in preparation for a lesson
- finding out information/researching a project
It is important that students should have frequent and increasing opportunities to develop and consolidate their competencies as independent learners.
Organisation of Homework
All students should have a Student Planner which they should carry with them at all times to record their homework. Parents/Carers are asked to check these on a weekly basis.
Non-completion of Homework
When homework has not been done, appropriate action will be taken by the teacher. This will vary based on the KLA policy, but could include a lunch detention, a level or an award of zero for that particular homework task.
Teachers should communicate a failure to complete homework with parents via the Student Planner, email, phone or face to face.