Homework Policy


The staff of Glenahulla National School drafted the original plan on 20th May 2005

Reviewed: 2008



taking into consideration:


  • Comments and suggestions from parents and pupils as a result of a questionnaire issued to each family and to each pupil from 1st – 6th classes.  Class discussion also took place.


REVIEW  2012 & 2017

All changes to this policy are in italic font and indicated by an asterix (*)



It was decided to review the schools guidelines on homework, as outlined in the enrolment and registration forms, into a clearer policy format. 


To inform:

  • Parent/Guardian
  • Pupils 
  • Teachers & Staff

– of homework policy in operation in the school.

Why Homework?

  • To consolidate work already done in school
  • To develop a child’s concentration skills and good study habits from an early age
  • To encourage independent study from an appropriate age
  • *To provide a link/communication between teacher and parents
  • To inform parents of work currently being undertaken by their children


It is the school policy that homework will be given:

  1. Monday – Thursday (weekends free)

  1. *Extra homework may sometimes be given during the week or at the weekend if a child has not done homework, made a suitable effort or presented untidy work. 

  1. *Sometimes at the discretion of the class teacher or the principal, children may be given homework off as a special treat or as an acknowledgement of a special occasion.

  1. *Homework tokens may be used according to teachers and pupils classroom rules jointly agreed at beginning of school year.


  1. Each night, homework will contain a balance of oral, written and ‘ learning work.  

  1. *This balance of reading, learning and written tasks is not always possible and can vary from day to day.  It should be noted that homework time devoted to reading and learning is as important as written work.

  1. *Homework will regularly contain reading, spellings, tables, written work, ‘pieces to be learned by heart’, drawing, colouring, collecting information/items and finishing work started in class.

  1. *Children/parents may feel that reading and learning by heart is not real homework.  Parents must play an important role by listening to reading and items to be learned to ensure this work is well done. 

  1. Homework for each class is usually prepared by the teacher and appropriate to their level.  

Suggested timeframe for each class: 

*Junior Infants – up to 20 minutes

*Senior Infants – up to 25

1st Class – up to 30 minutes approx.

2nd Class – up to 45 minutes approx.

3rd Class – up to 50 minutes – 1 hour

4th Class – up to 1 hour

*5th Class – up to 1hour + 10 minutes

*6th Class – up to 1 hour + 20 minutes 

Parent Responsibility Regarding Homework

Parents/guardians are responsible for:

  • When and where?

*Homework should be done before any television soon after school while your child is still fresh.

*In a suitable place free from interruptions or distractions 

(e.g. TV, screen time)

*Homework should never be left until morning time before school.

  • *Children should do written homework themselves and parents should only help if the child has difficulty.  If difficulties persist please inform class teacher by a note in the child’s journal, or on a separate message.

Monitoring Homework


  • Checking child’s journal for the days homework – 

Checking Entails: 1. Ensuring that written work is   

                                                     Neat and tidy and is the pupils best


  1. Oral work is listened to
  2. learning work is checked by simply asking a few questions from the lesson content

Tables and spellings examined

  • Journal should only be signed by parents/guardians when the homework has been checked to ensure it has been completed to the best of the child’s ability. 

*Remember! If homework is a stressful experience between parents/guardians and children, something is wrong!  This leads to poor learning and defeats the whole purpose.  Should this happen on a regular basis please contact the class teacher.


*Monitoring Homework at School

  • Teachers check homework on a daily basis but occasionally due to unforeseen circumstances this may not always be possible.
  • As children get older and learn to work independently, some items of homework are checked less often.  
  • Sometimes under teacher direction children may check some items of homework or class work.  This is part of the learning process (self assessment)   

Timeframe for Implementation

  • Immediate and ongoing



  • 2023

Ratification and Communication

  • Ratification by Board of Management
  • Provision of policy to each household.

    (on enrolment of pupil)  

___________________ Date: _________________

Chairperson BOM


  1. Please ensure that homework is done with care and in full at all times.

  1. If at all possible, homework should be done in a quiet room, without the distraction of T.V. or radio or internet.

  1. Please do not do the homework for your child.  You can help by asking the child questions to make sure that he/she understands the question.  The teacher needs to see what the pupil understands and what he or she does not understand.  It is also useful to ensure that the pupil does his/her best.  If your child is experiencing difficulty, please inform the teacher.

  1. Parents can help by examining spellings each night.  Call them out and ask your child to write them down on a piece of paper.

  1. Tables need to be learned and examined each night.

  1. Reading practice is essential.  Listening to your child reading out loud each night is most important.

As you listen you should be looking for the following:

Fluency: The pupil should read at a nice even speed, not too quickly and not stopping in the middle of words or sentences. 

Pronunciation: Each word should be clearly pronounced.

Understanding: Encourage your child to give life to a piece by changing the tone of the voice to suit the meaning of the words.

  1. Ensure that all written work is neat and tidy and is the pupil’s best effort.

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