A quick Google search of the pros and cons of homework reveals that it remains a contested topic in education. Nonetheless, at Charlton, we have a clear philosophy and approach to Homework. So what are the expectations of students, staff and parents/carers?  read more

We believe that homework is necessary because it …

  1. provides the opportunity for extra individual work, allowing practice and consolidation of learning done in class or research and preparation for future learning;
  2. provides teachers with feedback on how well students know and understand class work and an opportunity to assess students’ progress and mastery of learning;
  3. develops effective learning habits and self-discipline and training for students in planning and organising time and encourages them to own and take responsibility for learning;
  4. , most importantly, establishes the idea that learning is not something done only at school but is ongoing and involves input from parents, family and influences other than teachers.

The expectations of students, staff and parents/carers can be found in the ‘Expectations’ section of our Disciple and Behaviour Management Policy.

An excerpt is below.

STUDENT EXPECTATIONS STAFF EXPECTATIONS PARENTS/CARERS EXPECTATIONS
–  have a Homework Diary in every lesson

–  conscientiously record all homework given

–  actively complete all set homework

–  list assessments in planner

–  complete work by due day/date

–  complete work to the best of your ability

–  communicate proactively with your teacher any exceptional circumstances which may prevent you from completing homework and have this validated through communication from parents/carers

–  regularly and consistently set appropriate homework (both content and amount) in alignment with relevant College policies

–  ensure that students understand clearly the homework expectation

–  ensure homework is relevant to and enhances learning

–  routinely check that homework is being completed by all students and review/correct it

–  be aware of and responsive to exceptional circumstances

–  implement appropriate, timely and consistent consequences for failure to complete homework

–  have an awareness of time guidelines for homework and assessments as outlined in the Homework Policy and Student Diaries.

–  be aware of school policy/expectations, including use of HQ

–  exchange information on how to assist/support students

–  be fully aware and supportive of consequences

–  be responsive to communication from the school

–  routinely check that children are completing homework

–  communicate, with teachers, any exceptional circumstances which may prevent children from completing homework

–  talk about homework expectations with their child

–  utilise the homework diary/blue folders where appropriate to gain or communicate information

Mr Mark Ash / Principal