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Homework Policy

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HOMEWORK POLICY


Mission Statement:

Moyne College is a multi-denominational, co-educational centre of learning where each student is imbue with an awareness of human dignity and uniqueness and where the desire to achieve success is instilled through committed study and participation in various spheres of school life.

This homework policy aims to facilitate every student reaching his/her full potential.

Rationale:

Research provides strong evidence that, when used appropriately, homework benefits student achievement. To make sure that homework is appropriate, teachers should follow these guidelines:

  • Assign purposeful homework. Legitimate purposes for homework include introducing new content, by encouraging research of new topics, practicing a skill or process that students can do independently but not fluently, elaborating on information that has been addressed in class to deepen students' knowledge, and providing opportunities for students to explore topics of their own interest.

  • Design homework to maximize the chances that students will complete it. For example, ensure that homework is at the appropriate level of difficulty. Students should be able to complete homework assignments independently with relatively high success rates, but they should still find the assignments challenging enough to be interesting.

  • Involve parents/guardians in appropriate ways (for example, as a sounding board to help students summarize what they learned from the homework) without requiring parents/guardians to act as teachers or to police students' homework completion.

  • Carefully monitor the amount of homework assigned so that it is appropriate to students' age levels and does not take too much time away from other home activities.

Regular homework promotes independent learning and enhances the learning that has taken place in the classroom. It is also a valuable means of assessment for the teacher.

Homework can be presented in many forms, depending on the subject and topic. Examples of types of homework may include the following:

  • Answering questions in a copy or a workbook 

  • Practice assignments 

  • Preparation: collecting information or materials 

  • Research for a topic or for a project 

  • Learning information from notes, worksheets or book 

  • Revision of topics covered 

  • Writing up missed work 

  • Finishing work not completed in class 

  • Reading 

  • Writing up experiments 

  • Practical work 

  • Transferring skills to new situations 

  • Practicing listening/spoken skills 

  • Watching programmes and reporting

Objectives:

  • To ensure homework is given in all exam based subjects.

  • To ensure equal distribution of study time for each subject.

  • To encourage parents to take an active role in their children’s learning.

  • To enhance the academic achievements of all students.

Principles/Guidelines:

In Moyne College it is expected that homework given should be:

  • Designed to improve academic performance 

  • Related to the ability of the student 

  • Administered at a differential level to accommodate the needs of learners all levels in order for all students to gain success.

  • Used to generate ideas and give rise to independent research 

  • Accommodating of learning difficulties through explanation of terminology, repetition, word recognition, etc

  • Corrected and feedback given to students in a timely manner.

  • Related to class content or previously covered material in the case of revision for exams.

  • Written on the board to ensure that all students record homework in their journals, and to ensure that students understand what they are expected to do. It is recommended that this is done ten minutes before the end of class to allow students sufficient time to record homework.

  • Class teacher must keep written record of homework givenand correction of same.

  • Fair

  • Realistic

  • Consistent

Guidelines for amount of homework to be given to each year group:

Year Group Suggested time for homework/study
First Year 1 – 2 Hours
Second Year 1- 2 Hours
Third Year 2-3 Hours
Fifth Year 3-4 Hours
Sixth Year 3-4 Hours

Please note this only to be used as a guideline, some students may need more/less time to complete homework, however the timelines given allow for at least 15 mins for each of the core subjects in addition to 3/4 other subject areas each night at Junior Cycle; and 30 mins for each of the core subjects in addition to 3/4 other subject areas each night at Senior Cycle.

Roles/Responsibilities:

Role of Student: Students in Moyne College are expected to: 

  • Have their journal with them at all times during school and bring them home each day 

  • Keep a copy of their timetable in their Journal 

  • Keep their Journals neat, without graffiti or missing pages 

  • Organise their homework journal 

  • Record all homework into the journal 

  • Present their journal to their parent/guardian for signature

  • Organise their time in order to ensure that homework is completed 

  • Complete homework to the best of their ability 

  • Present all homework by the deadline 

  • Ensure that homework and all other materials needed for school are in their school bag 

  • Take schoolbags and relevant materials home each day 

  • Students who miss class due to extra-curricular activities must find out the homework given and complete it

Role of Parents/Guardians: Parents/guardians are expected to:

  • Sign the relevant policies and documents contained in the Journal 

  • Take an interest in their son/daughters progress 

  • Support the homework policy 

  • Provide a suitable environment for doing homework 

  • Ensure that homework is completed 

  • Provide books and materials where necessary 

  • Respond to notes from teachers 

  • Communicate with the school when their son/daughter is absent 

  • Notify teachers where there is a problem regarding homework 

  • Check and sign the Journal nightly for Junior Cycle students and at least weekly for Senior Cycle students

  • Check the Journal daily during the first term, especially for first year students

  • Provide consent to those students wishing to avail of the homework club on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of each week and encourage attendance at the homework club.

Role of Subject Teachers: Subject teachers are expected to:

  • Highlight the importance of doing homework properly 

  • Set appropriate homework for each class, ensuring a differential level to accommodate the needs of learners all levels in order for all students to gain success.

  • Explain homework clearly 

  • Outline/write the homework clearly on the blackboard 

  • Give students time to record the homework in their journals 

  • Provide supporting notes and materials where applicabl

  • Record the homework given

  • Check, correct and date completed homework 

  • Provide feedback to students on completed homework

  • Keep a record of the results of completed homework 

  • Notify parents/guardians of incomplete homework.

  • Record who has/has not completed the given homework and will impose rewards and sanctions accordingly.

  • Practical subject teachers may devise a homework policy that reflects the practical nature of their subject areas.

Role of Year Head/Tutors: Year heads/tutors are expected to:

  • Explain the importance of homework 

  • Encourage students to do homework to a high standard

Monitor the amount of homework given to the students in their individual year group. 

  • Check and sign journals weekly 

  • Notify parents/guardians if there is a consistent problem across a number of subjects regarding homework 

Role of Special Needs Assistants (SNA’s): SNAs are expected to:

  • help students and ensure that they record homework accurately.

  • Support students with additional needs at the end of the school day in ensuring that they are properly equipped with relevant material to complete their assigned homework.

Role of Principal/Deputy PrincipalThe management of the school are expected to:

  • Monitor that the homework policy has been adopted by all partners involved.

  • Ensure that funding be made available to implement the homework club

  • Purchase school journals in advance of the academic year and distribute to students at the start of each academic year.

  • Support the year heads/tutors who may need to meet with parents/guardians to address any issues around homework.

  • Ensure that students are equipped with the necessary resources to complete homework assignments


SCP – School Completion Programme Coordinator

Moyne College is part of the School Completion Programme and therefore funding can be made available to run initiatives in order to support students staying in school. Homework clubs have been identified as having a positive impact in supporting student retention. The SCP Coordinator will help to facilitate the completion of homework by funding a supervised homework club which will run for three evenings for one hour each evening. Homework Club personnel will make themselves available to support the individual students attending homework club with any difficulties that may arise. 

Success Criteria:
The policy will be effective if:

  • All partners understand the expectations of their own role 

  • Homework journals are filled in at the end of each lesson by students.

  • Teachers consistently give homework and promptly give feedback to students.

  • Students are regularly attempting homework and an increase in success is evident in monthly assessments.

  • There is an increase in the number of students attending homework club.

  • Journals are monitored closely by parents/guardians and year heads/tutors

  • There is a reduction in the numbers of students being detained for not doing homework.

Encouraging Positive Participation:

Moyne College strives to engage students positively in their education and is active in focussing on promoting the positive aspects of students’ participation.

Therefore, all teachers are encouraged to:

  • Provide students with verbal praise

  • Record positive comments in the student journal for parents to see,

  • Send positive postcards home to parents/guardians informing them of good work been completed.

  • Celebrate achievements in awards ceremonies

Sanctions:

As homework is an essential part of school life, it is reasonable to expect that all students will make an honest effort to complete it satisfactorily.

However, in the event of a student failing to complete homework assignments the following steps need to take place:

  1. A note to parent/guardian will be placed in journal, this must be signed and presented to Year Head/Tutor/Class teacher the following school day.

  1. Extra work will be given on the second offence.

  1. A detention period given to be enforced by the individual class teacher on the third offenceDetention may be a 15 minute detention period that can occur during either morning break, lunchtime or after school, at the discretion of the individual teacher

  1. A letter will be sent to parent/guardian outlining the repeated failure to produce homework.

  1. A meeting will be held with student; parent; and Year Head to discuss this matter. 

Review Procedures:

This policy will be monitored on an on-going basis and will reviewed and amended as the need arises on a yearly basis.

Signed: _______________________________ Date: ____________________
Chairperson