“Students are encouraged to strive for excellence at the level of each one’s potential in all areas of life and work” – Loreto International Education, Kolkata Guidelines 2003
Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny, is a Catholic School committed to the development of the whole person. The school endeavours to develop student responsibility for learning in a safe, caring and spiritual environment where each individual experiences personal success and fulfilment.
Purpose of Homework
- To revise what is taught that day
- To complete assignment work
- To reinforce the work learned during the week/month – There is always homework to be done
Homework is considered to be an important element in consolidating and reinforcing skills and understanding of material and work covered in class. It encourages students to develop the skills, confidence, self-discipline and motivation needed to study effectively on their own. It consists of both written assignments and the learning of work done in class.
- The school expects that all homework will be completed on time and to the best of a student’s ability.
- All homework – written and learning – is to be recorded by students in their School Diary.
- The School Journal may be inspected by subject/class teacher and must be available for use as a means of communication between teacher and parent/guardian.
- Revision is the key to ensuring that a student develops and retains knowledge of material covered in class in earlier weeks, months or years. Sudent may seek the assistance of a teacher or a guidance counsellor to help them draw up a revision programme.
Time spent at homework
As students differ in terms of their ability and speed of completion of work, it is impossible to be specific as to the amount of time to be spent on a daily basis on homework and revision by each individual student. However, the following general guidelines are recommended for homework and revision each school day:
- First Years 1.5 hours
- Second Years 2 hours
- Third Years 2.5 – 3 hours
- Transition Year Varies depending on project work and activities.
- Fifth Year 3 + hours
- Sixth Year 4 hour. Dedicated week-end study is also essential.
Role of parents/guardians
- Parents are asked to ensure, where possible, that students are afforded a suitable room at home in which to study free from distractions i.e. quiet, adequately ventilated/heated and equipped with a proper table and chair.
- A regular time should be set aside for homework.
- Parents should also ensure that any part-time jobs held by students do not interfere with the full and proper completion of homework and revision.
- If it is felt by a student or her parents that she is under undue pressure from homework and revision it is suggested that the matter be discussed with the Class Teacher.
- Homework for students at mid-term breaks or Christmas, Easter and Summer holidays will be at the discretion of each teacher..
- Tests will not be scheduled for immediately after mid-term breaks or Christmas, Easter and Summer holidays.
- Each student must have a School Journal and Home work is recorded in the Journal. The Journal is an important form of communication and Parents/guardians are requested to inspect the Journals regularly.
- It is the responsibility of parents/guardian to inform the school of any reason why a student was unable to complete her homework. This may be done through the Student Journal.
- As the Internet is a source for much research
Special Education Needs
In setting homework for students with special needs teachers are encouraged to balance the right of students to share fully in the work of the class, including homework tasks, with their individual learning needs. Subject teachers will collaborate where possible with the Learning Support Teacher to ensure that tasks are manageable for the student.
Students look mainly to teachers for a response on their quality of their homework. Effective marking and feedback, although demanding on the teachers, are fundamental to a student making progress. A variety of methods are used to correct homework:
\students exchange work for correction
Students write out answers in the form of a test.
Some homework can be checked by students under the direction of a teacher.
The school reports to parents through end of term report, progress report,
Parent – Teacher Meetings offer the opportunity to parents to discuss progress with the teachers. Areas requiring specific attention may be highlighted.
Monitoring & Evaluation
The effectiveness of the policy needs to be monitored and evaluated. Each subject department
Should monitor homework at subject meetings,. Teachers need to evaluate the quality of homework and the contribution it is making to learning. The homework policy needs to be reviewed after two years to assess the extent to which the policy is contributing to the progress students are making at school and their attitude to learning.
˘ This policy is due to be ratified by the Board of Management during 2009 – 2010.