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Homework Policy

INTRODUCTION

Homework is an essential part of the school curriculum requiring a co-operative effort on the part of student, teachers and parents. The importance of a regular homework/study routine from the first day of second level education cannot be over-emphasised. Homework involves not only written work but also learning vocabulary, memorising diagrams/notes, aural or oral work, etc. This reinforces what has been covered in class and has a significant impact on students' results in State examinations.

Adequate leisure time, regular exercise and adequate sleep are essential components of a healthy study programme. As a school we recommend that part-time work during the school term be actively discouraged. In addition, late-night socialising during the school term is clearly detrimental to the students' well being and academic progress.

I. ROLE OF THE STUDENT

1) All students are required to complete their homework to an acceptably high standard and on time.
2) In as far as is practicable, homework should be carried out in a quiet, well-lit, warm area away from distractions.
3) A regular time should be allotted each evening for
homework and study/revision. While students may not have written homework in every subject each night, it is expected that they regularly review work covered in class.
4) Each student must have the official school homework journal and record homework at the end of each class period.
5) This journal is an integral part of the student's record in the school and may be inspected at any time. It must not be defaced.

II. ROLE OF THE TEACHER

1) To assign homework, taking into account age, ability, time available to the student and number of subjects being studied.
2) To monitor and correct homework.
3) To communicate any concerns in relation to homework to parents, initially by journal and then through year-heads in order that sanctions can be enforced.
4) To give adequate time to take down homework at the end of class.
5) To give a reasonable amount of time for completion of longer homework assignments.

III.  ROLE OF THE PARENT

1) Allocation of adequate and regular time for study is a priority.
2) To provide suitable study facilities for the student.
3) To monitor homework journal for First Year students each night, taking an active part in ensuring that homework is completed.
4) To record reasons for non-presentation of homework in the student's journal.
5) Parents should feel free to contact the school with any concerns. An appointment with a teacher can be made by telephoning the school secretary

IV.  SANCTIONS

Students who have three incidents of "no homework" may have letter sent home by the year-heads.

HOMEWORK TIME ALLOCATION GUIDELINES

YEAR: First Year
MINIMUM DAILY STUDY: 1-1.5 hours

YEAR: Second Year
MINIMUM DAILY STUDY:    1.5- 2.5 hours

YEAR: Junior Certificate
MINIMUM DAILY STUDY:    2.5- 3.5 hours

YEAR: Fifth Year
MINIMUM DAILY STUDY:    3 hours minimum

YEAR: Leaving Certificate
MINIMUM DAILY STUDY:   3 hours minimum

Reviewed and ratified by Glenamaddy Community School Board of Management February 2010

 

 

Glenamaddy Community School, Church Street, Glenamaddy, Via Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, F45KF50

 

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