Homework habits helps students by complementing and reinforcing classroom learning, fostering lifelong learning and study habits, and providing an opportunity for students to be responsible for their own learning.
Homework is another opportunity for parents to participate in their child’s education. Parents, in partnership with the school, should encourage their children to establish and maintain good homework patterns from early primary school.
Years 7 to 10 homework should include daily independent reading, be coordinated across teachers in secondary schools to avoid unreasonable workloads for students, and include extension of class work, projects and assignments, essays and research. This will generally range from 45 – 60 minutes a day at Year 7 to 60 – 90 minutes a day in Year 10.
Homework should be:
- Appropriate to the student’s skill level and age
- Interesting, challenging, and where appropriate, open ended
- Balanced with a range of recreational, family and cultural activities
- Purposeful, meaningful and relevant to the curriculum
- Assessed by teacher with feedback (including discussion in class) and support provided build independent learning skills
Parents and caregivers can help their children by:
- Encouraging them to take increasing responsibility for their learning and organisation
- Observing and acknowledging their success and asking how their home and class work is progressing
- Attending school events, displays or productions in which their children are involved
- Encouraging them to set aside a regular daily session to read and complete homework
- Setting an example by reading themselves
- Contacting the relevant teacher to discuss any problems their children are having with homework
- Helping them to complete homework by discussing key questions or directing them to resources.
- Encourage children to complete homework themselves
- Helping them to balance the amount of time spent completing homework, watching television, playing computer games and engaging in other leisure or recreational activitiesreading texts set by teachers.
- Discussing homework in their first language, where English is not the main language spoken at home, and linking it to their previous experiences.