To consolidate work being done at school.
    To keep parents in touch and involved in their children’s work.
    To develop and encourage the habit of independent study.

Guidelines for Teachers:

    Homework should be an integral part of the subject being taught and given in order to consolidate work done.
    Homework should never be given unless the teacher has thoroughly prepared and explained what is to be done.
    Homework must be consistent – given in such a way as to form a pattern for the children so that they are more likely to remember it.
    Teachers will check that homework is being done and will give extra help where difficulties occur.
    Homework should be differentiated for S.E.N children when necessary.
    Journals or hardback copies must be used in relevant classes to record homework. In other classes homework will be prepared by the class teacher.

Guidelines for Parents:

Parents are encouraged to:

    Establish a set routine and time for the child to do his/her homework, in a quiet place free from distractions.
    Supervise children’s homework, checking and signing it on completion.
    Help and encourage the child but not to do the homework for him/her.
    Forward a note to the teacher if homework has not been completed due to unforeseen circumstances in the child’s homework journal or homework copy.

Shared reading is not homework in the regular sense and it is simply meant to be an enjoyable exercise between parent and child.


Allotted time that teachers expect the average child in each class to spend at homework:

Junior Infants               10 – 15 minutes

Senior Infants              15 – 25 minutes

First and Second          No more than 30 minutes

Third and Fourth          30 – 45 minutes

Fifth class                     No more than 1 hour

Sixth class                   No more than 1 hour

Homework is given from Monday to Thursday. Normally there is no homework at weekends; however, children in middle and senior classes may sometimes be required to work independently in their own time.

This policy was adapted and ratified by the Board of Management on the 23rd of April 2015.

Signed:   ______________________________


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We are a Catholic school under the patronage of the Bishop of Ferns. Religion is taught accordingly and children are prepared for the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation.


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