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Homework
The purpose of homework is
  • To carry out and complete assigned homework.
  • To revise recent class material.
  • To revise previous work, last month/year.
Rationale
Homework reinforces and consolidates skills and understanding developed in school.
  • It encourages skills needed to study effectively
  • It extends school learning, through additional reading.
  • It directs research i.e www.Scoilnet.
From 1st year each student is expected to develop a homework routine.

Journal
The school journal, Which is distributed at the beginning of each year, is a very important document. Students are required to have their journals in their possession while in school and when doing homework. The school journal must be kept free of graffiti or any other offensive material.

If a student either defaces or loses her/his journal he/she will be required to replace it immediately at an increased cost. Each student must keep a record of all homework in his/her journal. Journals are monitored regularly and are available to teachers and parents should they wish to communicate with each other.

Copies/Materials
Each student should have the required copy books for each subject and should enter written homework into the correct copy. It should be dated e.g. homework for day/month/year. The work should be written clearly. This assists with revision.

Time Spent At Homework:
The following guidelines are recommended:

First Year         8-9 hours per week
Second Year    9-11 hours per week
Third Year      13-14 hours per week
Fourth Year    14-17 hours per week
Fifth Year        20 hours per week. Dedicated weekend study is also essential.


Each subject department will have particular homework guidelines. Teachers will advise students of these requirements. More able students will complete tasks quickly and correctly and will appear to spend very little time on their homework. Weaker students and those with learning difficulties may put in large amounts of time and effort. Teachers and parents need to consider the varying abilities of students when setting homework and inspecting homework.
It is expected that all written homework be completed on time, presented on time and to the best of the student’s ability.
If a student has been absent the onus is on his/her to discover that work has been set and endeavour to complete it. If the student has been ill for some time, concessions may be made in order to allow the student complete missed assignments by arrangement with the subject teacher. It is strongly advised that students should not be employed in part-time work during term.

THE ROLE OF PARENTS/GUARDIANS IN SUPPORTING STUDENTS
The school expects parents’/guardians’ cooperation in the implementation of this policy and encourages them to provide a suitable place in which students can do their homework. It is the parent's responsibility to inform the school or class teacher of any reasons why a student was unable to complete a homework assignment. A parent may communicate this through a student's journal regularly and sign notes from school personnel.

Since computers are an integral part of today's world, it is inevitable that the Internet is a source for much research. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to monitor their daughter's/sons use of the Internet. Please see the school's ''Acceptable Use Policy'' document. While it is encouraged that parents/guardians assist with homework, it is in a student's best interests that the work presented is his/her own work.

Supervised Study
An after-school study programme is on offer within the school. All students are invited to apply for a place at the beginning of the school year.

Study Skills
It is important that students have frequent and increasing opportunities to develop and consolidate their competence as independent learners. Each individual teacher provides tips and guidelines on the specific requirements within his her subject area. Intensive study programmes are organised for Fifth and Third years by the guidance counsellor who also addresses the topic with the parents/guardians and students of first year. A study time table is completed with all yearsThe SPHE Programme also deals with study skills in junior cycle.

Special Needs Assistance
In setting homework for students with special needs teachers are encouraged to balance the right of students to share fully in the work of class, including homework, with their individual learning needs. Subject teachers will collaborate where possible with the learning support teacher to ensure tasks are manageable for the student. For some students the continuing involvement of parent/guardians is very valuable.

Procedures When Homework is Not Completed
•    Homework to be written into student’s journal by the student
•    Given one chance to have it complete for next day
•    Individual teacher sanction
•    Given detention after three non-completions.

Feedback For Students
Students look mainly to teachers for a response on the quality of their work. A variety of methods are used to correct homework and depending on the subject, the content and the age of the student:

Arrangements For Monitoring And Evaluating Homework Policy
Teachers are in a position to evaluate the quality of home-work and the contribution it is making to learning. Subject departments monitor homework at subject meetings. The system can also be evaluated through staff appraisal at staff meetings. This homework policy needs to be reviewed after two years. The key criterion will be the extent to which the policy is contributing to the progress students make at school and their attitude to learning.

This policy came into force in September 2008