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Homework is a valuable aspect of the learning process and contributes to the development of sound study habits. When parents take an active interest in what their children are doing, homework tends to be completed to a higher standard and more regularly. Homework assignments must be completed neatly and to the best of the child’s ability.

Pupils should have a homework diary into which they should write all their homework every day.

Pupils should do their homework in a quiet room without distractions ie. not in front of the T.V. Ideally, homework should be done before any television is watched - soon after school while your child is still fresh. However, some children need a break before starting homework.

Ideally homework will contain a balance between reading tasks, learning tasks and written tasks. It should be noted that homework time devoted to reading and learning is as important as written work.

Parental support and involvement would be greatly appreciated in the examination of oral work such as reading, spellings, vocabulary, poetry and tables. Senior pupils should be able to do their written homework independently. Junior room pupils may need some parental help.

Homework diaries should be signed
every night by parents. The diary should only be signed when a parent is fully satisfied that the entire homework assignment has been completed.

Pupils who fail to do their homework will have to do it the following night or may be required to “catch-up” at the week-end. If the incomplete homework is habitual the child may receive detention following the school’s code of behaviour and discipline.
If homework is a stressful experience between parent and child, something is wrong! This leads to poor learning and defeats the whole purpose. If a pupil is experiencing ongoing problems with his/her homework, parents should contact the teacher to discuss the matter.

The following is a
guideline as to how long pupils should spend at homework each night.
Junior Infants 10 mins
Senior Infants 15 mins
1st Class 25 mins
2nd Class 30 mins
3rd and 4th Class 45 - 60 mins
5th and 6th Class 60 - 75 mins

If homework is satisfactorily completed during the week, there will be no weekend homework. However, occasionally, i
n the senior classes some project work may be undertaken at weekends.

This policy was recently updated and ratified by the Board of Management

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