Many thanks to the parents/caregivers and students who have taken the time to complete the online survey. The results from the surveys will be used to guide the development of the new whole school Saturday School of Community Languages Homework Policy.
Parents/caregivers and students who completed their relevant online survey responded to a number of questions about homework in general as well as homework practices and study skills.
The majority of parents indicated their agreement with the following:
Homework is important with regards to success at school and it is a worthwhile activity.
Other resources, such as the internet and textbooks, are used to help with completing homework.
Sometimes the difficulty of the homework can affect whether the homework is completed or not.
The use of a time management tool, such as a diary, is beneficial.
Teachers comments and feedback are very important.
The majority of students indicated that they:
use a computer and the internet when completing their homework.
plan to complete their homework at certain times during the week.
spend between 1 to 3 or 4 to 6 hours per week completing all school homework.
use some form of a diary to help them manage their time.
value their teachers' comments and feedback.
Teachers who attended their centre's staff development workshop in Term 3 this year were asked to reflect on the importance of homework in their current teaching practice. The majority of teachers who took part in discussions across centres indicated that homework should be a regular component of their classroom practice. Given the fact that Saturday School classes are only held once a week, teachers felt that homework activities help to reinforce the work covered in class, consolidate students' learning and extend students' knowledge and understanding of the coursework. Teachers also acknowledged the importance of providing meaningful feedback to students, as well as the development of a clear and consistent process to manage the completion or non-completion of homework.
Parents/caregivers will be invited to attend a forum at their child's centre in Term 4 (in either week 4 or 5) to participate in discussions about homework at the Saturday School of Community Languages. It is anticipated that the draft whole school homework policy as well as the Department's recently published Homework Policy:Research Scan will be available on the day.