- Whole school (departmental and subject areas).
- Whole School Policy on Homework.
- To provide a reference point for pupils, parents and teachers.
- To provide transparency and accountability.
- A statutory obligation under Education Act 1998.
- Developing good study habits and effective study skills
- Developing students’ organisational skills
- Enhancing student’s academic performance
- Developing a sense of responsibility both on the student’s and their parent’s behalf.
Roles and responsibilities
Roles and responsibilities were divided into a number of sub- groups based on the partners in education here in St. Macartan’s College.
Board of Management
- To ensure that the policy is developed and evaluated from time to time.
- To approve the policy
- To consider reports from the principal on the implementation of the policy.
Principal, Deputy Principal and the Year Heads
- To monitor the implementation of the policy.
- To implement the policy
Pastoral care (class tutors, guidance and remedial personnel)
- To monitor the effects of the policy and to be aware of students experiencing difficulty.
- To provide support and guidance especially for those experiencing difficulty.
- To liaise with subject teachers especially in relation to consideration for students with special educational needs
- To recognize that they are the single biggest influence in their child’s success in schools
- To be involved in and supportive of School Homework Policy
- To provide a conducive environment in which to carry out homework.
- To oversee and ensure that the child does the assigned homework.
- To be responsible for the checking and signing of the Homework Journal.
- To record and carry out all Homework effectively and be prepared for sanction if found to be unsatisfactory.
- All homework should be neat and tidy.
- A balanced amount of homework should be given
- Homework should be monitored particularly in first year to ensure that it is equitable(admittedly some people had reservations with regard to overload in terms of a tutor’s work. It was accepted however that this was an issue for first year tutors in particular).
- The length of time that should be devoted to homework should be clearly specified i.e. 1-2 Hours 1st and 2nd Year, 2-3 hours 3rd Year.
- Balancing written and oral work was deemed impractical.
- Importance was attached to feedback on homework.
- Homework should be meaningful.
- Students should be given specific guidelines in study skills.
- Parents will be informed when homework set is not carried out and detention or appropriate sanctions may be imposed
Success Criteria of the Policy
- The quality of homework is satisfactory.
- Students perform better at time of examinations.
- A positive attitude is created towards homework.
- Subject teachers monitor assigned homework.
- Class tutor checks School Journal.
- Parents check that the homework is complete and Parents sign journal.
- The Principal oversees the implementation of the policy and provides feedback to the staff.
- To be reviewed every two years.
- The review team to include Principal, Deputy Principal, and Year heads.
- Views and experiences of teachers, students and parents to be taken into account.
- A report of the review will be presented to the Board of Management, staff, Parent’s Association and the Student Council.
- To be reviewed in September 2015.