REVISED APRIL 2010 – minor amendments February 2012
1 General Principles
1.1. Homework is important and should have beneficial effects on a pupil’s work habits and general educational experience
1.2. Homework plays an important part in the development of study skills and the fostering of independent learning.
1.3. Homework should be an integral part of the teaching and learning strategies in all subjects.
1.4. Where possible, the nature of homework set will provide for appropriate levels of work, related to pupils’ different rates of progress.
1.5. Every effort will be made to ensure that pupils understand the relation of the work set to the course being followed.
1.6. The success of the homework policy depends on effective partnership between pupils, parents and teachers.
2 Organisation of Homework
2.1. Each subject team will provide a clear statement of the homework tasks issued in each course in every year. This information can be found on the school website under the “curriculum” heading.
2.2. Every pupil will be issued with a student planner at the beginning of the session. This should be used to enter deadline dates and other details required for the completion of homework tasks. This is the responsibility of the pupil. Subject teams may also provide their own homework record sheet.
2.3. Pupils will be given instruction in the use of the student planner.
2.4. In the spirit of partnership with the school, parents are asked to check the student planner weekly, ensuring that all homework has been completed.
2.5. Teachers should allow a minimum of 3 days for the completion of formal homework tasks. This should allow pupils to plan the completion of different homework tasks to meet deadlines. However, short tasks may also be issued for the next day.
2.6. If homework has not been completed, teachers will log on to Click and Go (the electronic management information system used by the school) each occasion when a pupil fails to submit homework. The pupil will be spoken to by their Form Class Leader and communication may be made with the parents at this stage by phone, letter or postcard. Subject teams will not make direct contact with parents about homework not done.
2.7. A homework recording sheet is available to support pupils who would otherwise have difficulty in organising their homework. The sheet is completed daily, period by period, by each teacher and signed by the parent(s) / carer each night.
3 Homework Guidelines
3.1. The purposes of homework must be made clear to pupils and parents. These purposes may be:
- Complete a specific task
- Go over and learn work from class
- Carry out an investigation or project work
- Prepare for class work
- Conduct research/take notes
- Revise/study for exams
- Continue work begun in class
- Catch up after an absence
3.2. Homework activities may include:
- Reading tasks
- Written exercises
- Collecting samples
- Learning vocabulary
- Rehearsing individual talks or presentations
- Researching information on the internet
4 Homework at different stages
4.1. Much of the homework, especially in the earlier years, will concentrate on specific tasks of a clearly defined nature.
4.2. As pupils progress through secondary school, the quantity and type of homework will be related to the demands of independent study which pupils will meet after they leave school.
4.3. As pupils undertake SQA certificate courses, such as Standard Grade and Highers (or the new National 4 assessments and National 5 exams), they are required to make coursework submissions to the SQA for assessment purposes. These may include English folio pieces, Science reports and History dissertations among others. Such assignments have very specific SQA deadlines, and subject teams will contact parents directly by phone or letter is a pupil fails to submit such SQA coursework by the due date. Information on subject specific coursework submissions can be found on the school website.
4.4. The school will ensure that the allocation of homework by subject teams is spread evenly throughout the week. Most responsibility falls on pupils to organise their homework and not let it accumulate to the extent that deadlines cannot be met. If all teachers adhere to the minimum of three days for the completion of formal homework tasks, pupils should be able to organise their homework accordingly.
4.5. HOMEWORK POLICY: PARTNERSHIP IN ACTION
Parents are asked to:
- support the school by emphasising the importance of homework
- read and check through their child’s homework diary weekly
- ensure, as far as possible, that their child completes homework, and where appropriate, assist in its organisation
- provide, if possible, somewhere quiet to study
- encourage their child to extend learning by studying outside school
Pupils are expected to:
- use the student planner provided by the school to keep a careful note of all homework issued
- complete and hand in homework on time
- plan homework and study time so that all deadlines are met
- supplement work in school with study out of school
Subject teams will:
- provide a clear statement of the homework tasks to be issued in each course in every year
- ensure that there is consistency of practice in the issuing and checking of homework among all teachers in the team.
- ensure that clear instructions are given for each homework task and that pupils understand the nature and purpose of the work issued
- ensure that work set is appropriate to the pupils’ abilities
- ensure that adequate time is given for completion of homework and the pupil’s work is checked and feedback given within a reasonable time
- monitor the completion of homework and report to the Form Class Leader, via SEEMIS, if homework is not done satisfactorily.