Attention!!! Information about Homework Policy for Secondary School students03.12.2013
3.60 Homework Policy
Homework is designed to reinforce and consolidate classroom skills as well as develop students as independent learners with a sense of
It is also an invaluable opportunity for parents, teachers and students to cooperate and be involved with each other regarding educational issues along with the content and presentation quality of the homework which should be of the highest possible standard.
The nature of activities set for homework and the time devoted to the completion of such activities will vary according to the developmental age of the student. Students have different needs and so may experience varying kinds of homework in connection with their school instruction. The school must strive to ensure that the quality of the homework assigned has precedence over the quantity of homework allocated.
Homework assignments are for:
- Practice — an opportunity to apply recent learning or to reinforce new skills
- Continuation — a possibility to complete classroom work
- Preparation — the acquisition of background information in preparation for a future lesson
- Extension — extend a concept or skill to a new situation (production rather than reproduction)
- Creativity — integrate many skills and concepts in producing a project
Students should be:
- responsible for completing assignments legibly, neatly, on time and according to instructions
- responsible for asking for assistance and/or clarification regarding homework assignments
- responsible for obtaining and completing assignments missed due to absence.
- set aside a regular time (quiet time) for homework
- provide students with an environment and necessary tools that promote favorable study habits
- encourage students to work independently while offering assistance
- support daily leisure reading
- enrich the student’s learning through their support and encouragement
- contact the Homeroom Teacher if there are any problems (irregular or too much homework, etc)
- first teach the skills needed to complete an assignment successfully given for practice or extension
- structure carefully each homework assignment and make it meaningful (quality!)
- provide students with clear directions and purpose to complete homework successfully
- adhere to the specified amount and comply with any homework schedule
- not give extra homework as a form of punishment
- ensure that the homework policy is published and distributed to parents, students and teachers
- provide an orientation of the homework policy to teachers at the beginning of the year.
- ensure a periodic review of the homework policy with parents, students and teachers
On some days after formal lessons, time is set aside for students to do at least part of their homework in school. Students may consult teachers and use the resources of the school library.
Homework cannot really be measured solely by the time required for its completion since different students will spend different amounts of time to complete the same assignments. Factors such as individual student aptitude, their abilities to focus upon the task at hand, the speed at which they read and/or work, their organizational skills, their compulsion for neatness, and a myriad of other factors all add to the complexity of recommending homework guideline times.
There is a homework schedule for the upper Grades that is intended to prevent overload and ensure a fair spread across all the relevant subjects. However, some teachers may wish to use two or three homework «slots» for
The times specified for the higher grades will not include any personal reading for pleasure or other pursuits related to academic work that are generated by the students themselves. Furthermore, extra time might be needed for revision for examinations, major tests and other periodic assignments.
There are many other learning activities in the life of a student besides homework. School activities, cultural interests, family obligations, and personal interests can be equally educational, and the school will take care not to overload the students.
Grades 6 — 12
All these students will work to a published homework schedule which indicates the day on which homework may be set. The table below indicates maximum allocation of homework time and the number of subjects that may be allocated. The number of times that a subject is allowed to give homework is generally based on the number of hours allocated in the timetable.
|Grade||Subjects per day||Duration per subject per day||Max allocation per week per week|
|6||3||20 minutes||5 h|
|7||3||20-30 minutes||7.5 h|
|8||3||30 minutes||7.5 h|
|9||3||40 minutes||10 h *|
|10||3||40 minutes||10 h|
|11/12||4||40 minutes||13+ h *|
* It may be that for some subjects at some time in the year some homework will be specified specifically for a weekend but this will be notified in advance.
Some subjects have not been allocated a specific «slot» on the timetable for homework. These teachers may wish to require students to carry out projects and certain times of the year. For this purpose they should use the Testing Calendar that should be on the notice board next to the Teachers’ Room.