From the Assistant Principal, Teaching and Learning
Radford College has a clear policy on homework or home learning, as it is referred to in our Junior School. The policy can be read here and the benefits for Radford students are distilled in the points below:
- Builds students' time management, prioritising and organisation skills developing the learner traits of self regulation and resilience
- Provides another opportunity for teachers to gain feedback about student learning from the classroom so they can plan for differentiated learning experiences, and, most importantly
- Embeds surface learning undertaken in the classroom in terms of skills, knowledge and understanding, enabling deep learning to occur.
During the Secondary School's staff days, our teachers learned more from Dr Jared Horvath, a neuroscientist from Melbourne University, about the science of learning and how we need to employ certain pedagogies in our teaching to help our students to move from surface, to deep, to transfer learning. He calls it the learning trajectory. The completion of homework plays a part at Radford in assisting our students in embedding their learning and also having more time to work independently and think for themselves.
In the 2018 MMG Parent Survey, feedback about the implementation of our Homework/Home Learning policy was provided by Year 2–12 parents that we are responding to as a College. One important piece of feedback was that we need to ensure that homework is set consistently across classes in both the Junior School and the Secondary School. In the Junior School from this term, students and parents can see the home learning for the week published from the start of a week via Sways on ROL. In the Secondary School, all students have a diary to write their homework in while we are looking as a school at how we can use Seqta more for the publishing of homework. All assessment tasks are easily accessible to parents and teachers through Seqta.
Other feedback from parents was about the importance of homework being checked by teachers and then informing parents if it is not completed on a regular basis. The Secondary School is continuing to use the diary as the place for teachers to inform parents and carers if homework has not been completed. Given homework is being used by teachers, in addition to work in the classroom, as a formative assessment tool and assisting them in planning the next learning experiences, it is important that students complete homework activities regularly and to the best of their ability.
Over the past five years, the College has reviewed its Homework/Home Learning policy and its implementation a number of times to ensure it continues to assist our students in improving in their learning in the Junior and Secondary schools. It is an age-appropriate policy and acknowledges the needs of students in the year they are currently in, as well as thinking about their needs as learners in the future.To Home