COLLEGE HOMEWORK POLICY
In our continuous pursuit of improved educational outcomes for our students, Ararat College has recently revised its homework policy to ensure that our practices are aligned with what research tells us will produce more rounded, responsible, and academically developed students.
Beginning in Term 2, students will receive regular homework from each teacher.
How can I help as a parent?
One thing that research tells us is that homework should not become a source of frustration or conflict at home. To this end, it is advised that parents provide a quiet and suitable environment for students to complete their homework, as well as express a positive message about the importance of education and effort. Of course, helping with homework shouldn't mean spending hours hunched over a desk. Parents can be supportive by demonstrating study and organization skills, explaining a tricky problem, or just encouraging kids to try something new.
We welcome your feedback regarding how your student is managing the homework requirements of school.
How long should my child be working on homework?
Approximate amount per night (M-F) Total weekly amount
Year 7 25 minutes 2 hours
Year 8 30 minutes 2.5 hours
Year 9 35 minutes 3 hours
Year 10 40 minutes 3.5 hours
Year 11 2 hours for each subject each week
Year 12 3-5 hours for each subject each week
In recognition of students who participate in activities such as sport and paid work, in most cases, students will have a week to complete the homework.
What happens when students don’t complete their homework?
It is critical for student success that high expectations are maintained, therefore, students not completing homework will be expected to spend a portion of their recess and lunchtimes catching up.
What help is available?
The school offers Homework Club for Year 7-10 students on Wednesdays after school in the school library. In addition, VCE teachers make themselves available for after school tuition in the Senior Centre each Tuesday and Thursday.
What are the overall aims of the Homework Policy?
To increase rigor and improve student achievement through regular homework that reinforces learning done at school, increases retention of knowledge and increases understanding.
To ensure students avoid falling behind classroom curriculum.
To implement a consistent approach to the amount and type of homework across the school.
To convey and reinforce high expectations of student effort and achievement, promote greater self-direction, self- discipline and better study habits.
Please do not hesitate to speak to the school, should you have any queries.