Homework Policy

This policy statement sets out requirements for schools in relation to the development of homework policies. The implementation section includes purposes and principles, main types of homework and expectations for parents and caregivers, teachers and students.

Changes since previous version

April 2020 - Updated contact details.

This policy is a reformat of the Homework Policy issued in August 2000.

Superseded Documents

Homework Policy PD/2002/0003/V001, DN/01/00026

Document History

  • Section 15.4 School Manual: Educational Management, Homework for School Students (1 October 1987).
  • Homework Policy PD/2002/0003/V001, DN/01/00026.

1. Objectives - Policy statement


Schools, in consultation with their communities, are required to develop a school homework policy relevant to the needs of their students.


School homework policies must be communicated to staff, students, parents and caregivers, particularly at the time of student enrolment.


Homework will be educationally beneficial and will meet the realistic expectations of students, teachers, parents and caregivers.

2. Audience and applicability


Schools; parents/guardians/caregivers.

3. Context


Homework is a valuable part of schooling. It allows for practising, extending and consolidating work done in class. Homework provides training for students in planning and organising time and develops a range of skills in identifying and using information resources. Additionally, it establishes habits of study, concentration and self-discipline.

4. Responsibilities and delegations

4.1 Principal


The principal is responsible for developing and implementing a school homework policy.

5. Monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements


Group Leader, Learning Policy is responsible for monitoring the implementation of this policy and reviewing its effectiveness, at least every three years.

6. Contact

Leader, Primary Curriculum (02) 7814 3038.

Leader, Secondary Curriculum (02) 7814 2825.

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