Teachers at St Edward’s College set a variety of homework ranging from homework to be completed in one night, work to be completed over a few nights, to longer assignments requiring two or more weeks to complete.
Aims of Homework
Homework at St Edward’s College has its goals:
- to reinforce, consolidate and improve skills taught in class,
- to encourage good study habits,
- to develop self discipline and independent learning, and
- to extend students beyond the work normally taught in class.
Amount of Homework Given to Students
The amount of homework given to students will vary from teacher to teacher and subject to subject. Some subjects lend themselves more easily to homework, especially homework that can be completed overnight.
Note: the total time spent in homework over a week for a student in Year 7 should not exceed 6 hours. Parents are encouraged to contact the teacher of a given subject if they have concerns about the amount homework (too much or too little) being set for their son.
Non-Completion of Homework
If students consistently fail to complete homework, teachers will contact parents by email, letter or phone. Prior to contacting parents, teachers use a variety of techniques to encourage students to complete homework. For example, providing time in school hours (for example at lunch time) or withdrawing students from the College sport program.