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Homework

Policy

The purpose of this policy is to ensure all schools work with their school communities to develop and communicate a considered homework policy.

Summary

  • Victorian government schools are required to have a homework policy and communicate it to staff, parents/carers and students.
  • The content of this policy is not prescribed, but should be evidence-informed and comprehensive, and must be developed in consultation with the school community.
  • School council approval of a school’s homework policy is not required.
  • A homework policy template is available on the School Policy Templates Portal (login required); schools are encouraged to adapt this template to suit their needs.

Details

Victorian government schools are required to have a homework policy.

The content of this policy is not prescribed by the Department, but should be evidence-informed and comprehensive, outlining:

  • a rationale for the elements of the school’s policy
  • the responsibilities and expectations of teachers, students and parents/carers in setting, completing, monitoring and responding to homework

The school’s homework policy must be developed in consultation with the school council, as representatives of the school community, and school staff and students. School council approval of a school’s homework policy is not required.

Victorian government schools must periodically communicate their homework policy to staff, parents, carers and students through available communication channels (such as the school newsletter, or by placing the policy on the school’s website).

The setting of homework can be seen as one way of:

  • complementing and reinforcing classroom learning
  • fostering good lifelong learning and study habits
  • developing self-regulation processes such as goal-setting, self-efficacy, self-reflection and time management 
  • supporting partnerships with parents/carers by connecting families with the learning of their children

The effectiveness of homework can be enhanced when:

  • it is set at an appropriate level for each student, supporting those who are experiencing difficulty and extending those of high-ability
  • it is related to essential learning at school
  • choice in tasks is provided
  • it is assessed by teachers, either formally or informally, with feedback provided
  • it supports students to have a balance of school-related and non-school related activity in their lives (i.e. where the amount of homework set provides sufficient additional time for students to engage with family, sport and recreation, cultural pursuits and employment, where appropriate)

Definitions

Homework
Tasks assigned to students by school teachers that are meant to be carried out during non-school hours.

Department policy on developing a local school policy on homework

Reviewed 26 May 2020

Policy last updated

15 June 2020

Scope

  • Schools

Contact

Arts, Assessment and Reporting Unit

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