Friday 3rd March 2017
Re: Homework Survey
First of all, I want to express our gratitude to you for the tremendous response you gave to our recent homework survey; we had an amazing 93% response rate!
In general, the majority of both parents and pupils had a positive attitude to homework. Many parents expressed the view that they felt it was very important to them to monitor their child’s progress and revising work done in school was seen as one of the main benefits. The ability to work independently in preparation for secondary school is also considered very important.
Homework related stress and anxiety and the sometimes repetitive or pointless nature of some homework activities were often referred to. Many parents expressed the opinion that their children would not learn to spell unless they did this at home.
Here is a brief summary of your responses to the survey:
The average length of time spent on homework across the school was approximately 30 mins, with junior pupils spending an average of 15-30 mins each evening and senior pupils an average of 45-60 minutes. With regard to time spent on homework, many parents made the point that, with both parents working in many families, time together is very limited and is taken up with homework and/ or the stress caused by homework.
There was a broad range of ideas for alternative homework activities, many of which proposed reading and reporting on books and the setting of physical activity goals instead of written homework.
As a result of the response to our survey regarding a trial period of no written homework, where two thirds of you agreed to this, we are starting a trial period of no written homework from next Monday, 6th March 2017, for a period of four weeks, when it will then be reviewed by staff.
The information you have given us will be of vital assistance to us in devising a homework policy for St. Cronan’s which is in line with the needs of the boys and their families.
We are most grateful to you for the very many constructive suggestions you gave in feedback to help improve the quality, relevance and benefits of homework.
Thank you for your support.