At our P&C meeting last Thursday evening the results of the Homework Survey were presented.
The actual survey results showed very strong clear trends although an extremely wide and strongly stated range of opinions and comments were also made.
- The survey received a high response rate. All responses were anonymous with 89 out of a possible 205 families returning the survey. Eighty eight surveys were returned electronically, one was a hard copy returned through the front office.
- 175 comments to questions were received.
- The largest were returns from parents with children in Year 5 – 20.3% and Kindergarten – 18.8% with the rest fairly evenly distributed throughout the remaining grades.
- Respondents skipping questions was extremely low resulting in a 98% answer rate.
- All Grades were well represented in the survey.
- Over 85% of respondents provided detailed positive statements valuing homework.
- 20.3% of returns felt that homework was not enjoyable while 60% stated that it sometimes was not an enjoyable experience.
- 72% felt that homework should be optional not compulsory.
- 77% supported the move towards using technology assisted homework tools.
- Over 70% of respondents value homework.
- There will be an expectation that staff will set homework for all grades. The amount and time will vary depending on the age and ability of the child. In Kindergarten this may mean that you read to your child while in Yr 6 the homework will be more formal.
- Each teacher will have a Homework Folder on their class blog. This will clearly list the expectations for homework for that particular class. Parents can always check the blog if they are not sure of the requirements.In keeping with our BYOT policy there will be no online homework for children K-2.
There is much research that has been carried out about the value of homework and many parents have formed their own opinion about what they expect their child to do after a day at school. This ranges from "nothing" to a "significant number of study hours".The most important thing that we all need to recognise is that schools and families must work together to provide a total education for children. One of the best things that a parent can provide is a home that values learning, models reading and provides opportunities for a child to be both creative but to also take responsibility for their actions. As a system we will not please every parent with our homework policy, the best we can do is to look at our students when we set homework, to have some flexibility and sensitivity around family situations, to always encourage every child to do their best and to encourage parents to talk to staff if there is a problem.
Our senior debating team who won their first debate last Friday against Pambula PS
Our soccer teams who won their PSSA game against Batemans Bay PS last Friday
Sir Ken Robinson
Last week I sent you a link to Sir Ken Robinson's Youtube - here is another link, not a YouTube but a letter Sir Ken wrote to The Guardian which was published last Friday (17th May), under the heading
“To encourage creativity, Mr Gove, you must first understand what it is”.
Michael Gove is the UK Government' Education Secretary. The sub-heading for the story is “Secretary's new national curriculum is a dead hand on the creative pulse of teachers and students alike”.