Homework Policy

Homework Policy

Homework is a valuable part of schooling and is most beneficial when it:

  • allows for practising, extending and consolidating work done in class
  • provides training for students in planning and organising time
  • develops a range of skills in identifying and using information resources
  • establishes habits of study, concentration and self-discipline which will serve students for the rest of their lives
  • strengthens home-school links
  • reaffirms the role of parents and caregivers as partners in education
  • provides parents and caregivers with insights into what is being taught in the classroom and the progress of their children
  • reinforces and extends class work and consolidates basic skills and knowledge
  • is challenging and purposeful, but not so demanding that it has adverse effects on the student’s motivation
  • involves parents or caregivers in the formulation and implementation of the school’s homework policy
  • encourages students to take responsibility for their homework, supported by their parents or caregivers
  • is well coordinated and teacher expectations are well communicated
  • is set on a regular basis and establishes a routine of home study
  • is set by teachers in suitable amounts which are varied and at an appropriate level considering the age, stage of schooling and capabilities of students
  • takes into account students’ home responsibilities and extracurricular activities such as clubs, sport and part-time employment
  • includes feedback and follow-up regularly to students
  • develops and extends the core learning skills of inquiry and independent study.

Types of Homework

The three main types of homework are:

Practice exercises – providing students with the opportunities to apply new knowledge, or review, revise and reinforce newly acquired skills, including:

  • Consolidation exercise e.g. maths, including memorising of tables, formula, spelling words
  • Practising for mastery e.g. reinforcing mathematical processes
  • Revising information about a current topic
  • Practising words or phrases learnt in a language other than English
  • Reading for pleasure
  • Essay writing.

Preparatory homeworkproviding opportunities for students to gain background information on a unit of study so that they are better prepared for future lessons, including:

  • Background reading
  • Reading e.g. English text for class discussion
  • Studying for tests and examinations.


  • Tasks set by classroom teachers – research and presentation in class.
  • Extension assignments – encouraging students to pursue knowledge individually and imaginatively, including:
  • Writing e.g. a book review
  • Making or designing something e.g. an art work
  • Investigations e.g. science, social science
  • Researching e.g. history, local news
  • Information and retrieval skills e.g. using a home computer to find material on the Internet
  • Monitoring e.g. advertising in particular newspapers.

Wherever possible homework should recognise the place of technology in today’s world and the benefits of using technology such as home computers, E-mail and the Internet for organising and accessing information.

Students need assistance with breadth of information and graphics available to them via the Internet. Parents need to support teachers in monitoring use of the internet and chat rooms.