Student homework policy

Andersons Creek Primary School (ACPS) believes that homework provides an opportunity to develop organisational skills and nurture positive study habits.

Homework should be a rewarding, positive experience for students, teachers and parents.

ACPS also acknowledges that reading success is one of the most powerful determinants of academic achievement and believes that the homework policy should reflect this.

As part of a comprehensive and balanced curriculum, homework is seen as one way of supporting and fostering life-long learning and connecting families with the learning of their children.

The current evidence and research shows that the quality of homework assigned is likely to be more important than the quantity.

Research has established that homework has a positive effect on learning, particularly at the middle and secondary school levels (Xu, 2010; Zimmerman & Kitsantas, 2005).

Although homework’s effectiveness has been challenged by educators, parents, and students (Kohn, 2006), it continues to be an important educational supplement used by most teachers to enhance the learning experience of their students (Patall, Cooper, & Wynn, 2010).

Overall, the effectiveness of homework is enhanced by providing students with choices among homework tasks, which will result in higher motivational and performance outcomes, students’ autonomy, and intrinsic motivation (Patall et al., 2010).

If homework is appropriate, relevant and engaging it can help students by:

  • Complementing and reinforcing classroom learning
  • Fostering good lifelong learning and study habits
  • Providing an opportunity for students to become responsible for their own learning
  • Developing self-regulation process such as goal-setting, self-efficacy, self-reflection and time management
  • Supporting partnerships with parents by connecting families with the learning of their children (Victoria Department of Education and Training, 2017)

The purpose of this document is to set out Anderson’s Creek Primary School’s policy for setting homework and expectations regarding homework for each year level.

Student homework policy