Homework Policy

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Introduction

Homework is an integral part of the learning process. It reinforces the learning which takes place in the classroom and it also provides an additional resource to students to help further their understanding. Homework is an essential part of school life; it is not an optional extra.

Mission Statement

Inspired by the vision of Edmund Rice, the North Monastery, in its proud tradition, is committed in partnership with parents, to enabling all members of the school community to achieve their full potential in a caring environment where mutual respect, good order, discipline and positive self-esteem are the values which guide us in our teaching and learning community.

Homework is a vital part of carrying out this vision and ensuring that students work to their full potential.

Aims

The purpose of homework is to:

  • Increase the understanding of material covered in class
  • Provide students with an additional opportunity to explore and work with new material
  • Improve skills crucial to studying certain areas/subjects
  • Promote independent learning
  • Develop a work ethic within students
  • Encourage parents/guardians to become involved in their child’s education

Definition

Homework may consist of:

  • Written tasks
  • Reading tasks
  • Research
  • Project work
  • Vocabulary acquisition
  • Revision of material covered in class
  • Studying for a test
  • Aural/oral work
  • Gathering resources for a project
  • Drawing/sketching
  • Practicing a particular skill, e.g. playing music
  • Preparation for the next class

Times

The minimum recommended time for homework per day is as follows:

  • 1st Years: 1½ hours
  • 2nd Years: 2 hours
  • 3rd Years: 2½ hours
  • 4th Years: 1½ hours (this may vary depending on projects, etc)
  • 5th Years: 3 hours
  • 6th Years: 3½ – 4 hours

Responsibilities

Students are required to:

  • Have their student journal with them in every class
  • Record their homework in their student journal
  • Present homework in a neat and tidy format
  • Complete homework on time and to the best of their ability
  • Approach their teacher if they have any concerns regarding the work that is to be completed
  • Ensure they have the necessary materials with them to complete their homework before they leave the school at the end of the day

Parents can support their son by:

  • Monitoring their son as he does his homework
  • Sign their son’s journal on completion of all homework
  • Ensure a quiet learning environment is available for their son, away from any distractions
  • Allocate sufficient time every day for their son to complete his homework

Teachers will support each student by:

  • Ensuring that each student records his homework in his student journal
  • Being mindful of students’ varying abilities when assigning homework tasks
  • Returning any homework collected for correction promptly
  • Keeping a record of the homework they assign to every class
  • Endeavouring to set aside time in class to explain the homework given in order to avoid any confusion or stress being put on students
  • Correcting any homework that has been assigned

Students who are absent from class due to other school activities such as matches, etc., are required to find out about missed work from their classmates.

SEN Students

Teachers are encouraged to consider the Special Educational Needs (SEN) of students, if any, when setting homework. Information on such students will be made available to teachers in the school office and through the SEN Coordinator. They are also encouraged to liaise with any Learning Support or Resource teachers that students may have in order to maximize the benefit of such entitlements.

Sanctions

Failure to complete homework may result in the following:

  • Parents/ Guardians will be informed either through communication in the student’s journal or at a parent-teacher meeting
  • The issue of a Letter 1, requesting that parents sign the letter and ensure the completion of the initial homework
  • If a student fails to produce homework following the issuing of a Letter 1 the Code of Behaviour to Support Learning will be applied.

Evaluation

This Homework Policy will be reviewed on an annual basis through staff and departmental planning and/or if any issues arise during the school year.

Ratified by the Board of Management in May 2015.