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Educational research has shown conclusively that, a child’s learning is significantly improved where parents are involved in the child’s learning processes.

Homework, is one of the best areas for this active involvement of parents and child. When parents become involved in children’s learning, the children see learning as something important and worthwhile and are much more likely to make progress. A strong bond is created also between parent and child and a sense of teamwork and family pride emerges.

Parental help should be available on a daily basis and should be given with enthusiasm and obvious pleasure. Under no circumstances should it be treated as a chore or a nuisance. Children are very sharp at noticing attitudes and parental indifference can kill the child’s interest and eventually, no help will be sought.

It is school policy that all classes (except entrance class) are regularly given homework and that the relevant teacher will correct this.

Failure to do homework is not seen as a breach of discipline, but repeated failure to do homework will be communicated to parents. It is parents’ responsibility to see that homework is done properly, but children in senior classes should feel responsible for their homework. Teachers will take into account the different capabilities of children when deciding what constitutes acceptable homework. Homework given at weekends (middle & senior classes only) will be mainly based on story composition. Sundays should be kept free from homework. Extra homework will not be given as a form of punishment for breach of discipline as this may lead children to see homework as a punishment and not as a means of reinforcing work learned at school. It is school policy to give a written report on each child from Senior Infants to 6th class at the end of each year. This report will state whether homework was satisfactory or not. A copy of this report will be held in the child’s file. The average maximum time suggested for each class to spend on homework is set out below. However this may vary as children and home circumstances differ greatly.

• Infants: 15 to 20 minutes
• First Class: 20 to 30 minutes
• Second Class: 30 to 45 minutes
• Third Class: 45 to 60 minutes
• Fourth Class: 60 to 75 minutes
• Fifth Class: 75 to 90 minutes
• Sixth Class: 90 to 120 minutes

The following points should be borne in mind regarding homework:
• The primary school programme is very broad with large amounts of new material in each subject area, at the different class stages. Much of the time in school is given over to introducing new material and linking it with previous material. Homework gives children the opportunity to practise new material and become familiar with it - a very necessary part of the learning process. It is also one of the main avenues of revision.
• Children who are used to doing homework at primary level will be well prepared for the increased programme of homework at post primary level.
• Positive Parental attitudes to homework are most important. Patience and praise can work wonders.
• There is no need for parents to be fully familiar with all aspects of the curriculum. Supervision of homework as to content and neatness and time spent at various items would be very helpful, as would an effort to ensure that all homework given is attempted.
• Parents should try to create a routine as regards time and place. Perhaps, between school time and teatime, might be a good idea.
• The place of study should not have T.V. or music and should be as free as possible from interruptions (general house traffic)
• Parents should be aware of the ever-present elements of homework, which should receive attention every day: Reading in both languages, Spelling, Tables, Poetry and Religion.
• Parents need to keep a check on time spent versus performance. Some children can spend long periods of time at homework and have very little done at the end. Perhaps, there may be need for regular checking while a child id doing homework to make sure that the work is being done and concentration maintained. Parents are advised to check with the school if their child is spending a very long time on homework.
• Any criticisms of homework, as to school policy, amounts or repeats should never be mentioned in the presence of the child. Any queries or problems should be discussed with the teacher concerned who will be operating within the school policy on homework.
• If parents wish to communicate with the school on any aspect of homework, without calling in, it is best to communicate in writing, as verbal messages can become very garbled.