Homework Policy

homeworkAt Edmund Rice College we believe that homework and homestudy are an essential part of the educational process. It is the policy of the College that homework is set regularly. Homestudy habits should be developed to suit the individual’s needs.

In most faculties homework is set each day. However, the practical nature of learning in some subject areas makes it difficult for nightly homework to be set. The amount of time spent on homework understandably increases from year to year.

As a general guide the length of homework time set five nights a week should be:

Years 7 and 8 ………………………………….. 45 minutes to 1¼ hours per night

Years 9 and 10 ………………………………… 1 to 2 hours per night

Years 11 and 12 ………………………………. 3 to 4 hours per night

Homework takes different forms. Where home/assignment work is set over several nights students are encouraged to break the work down into smaller units. Such work should not be left until the night before it is due.

Homework is used to assist learning. A student having difficulty with the nature of the homework or the length of time spent completing the homework should consult his teacher or the Subject Co-ordinator for assistance.

Homestudy is different to and separate from homework. In addition to set homework each student should spend time during the week revising work already completed. Homestudy improves the student’s understanding of the topic areas and greatly assists in the preparation for tests and examinations.

Homework Club is available in the Narandha Learning Centre from 2.05-3.00pm (Monday-Friday) where students can be supported by the Library staff, teachers, Learning Support staff and CSL mentors.

The College Diary is provided to be of assistance to students in their planning of work. Students should record any work that is to be done. Some basic homework/study suggestions are included in the diary.

More detailed information regarding the homework requirements for specific subjects is available from the College by contacting the class teacher or Subject Co-ordinator of the faculty