‚ÄčEducation Queensland's homework policy for students outlines how homework strengthens classroom learning and shapes a student's learning behaviour beyond the classroom and how families can help with their learning.

Homework needs to ensure students have a balanced lifestyle that includes time for family, recreation, cultural and employment activities.

To increase student learning, homework should be:

  • focused and relevant to students needs
  • at the right learning stage (early, middle and senior)
  • to the student's ability
  • developed to the student's independence as a learner
  • varied, challenging and related to class work
  • geared to them having a balanced lifestyle to include other activities outside school.

State school policies

Queensland state schools are required to develop a homework policy in talks with their school community, particularly with their Parents and Citizens' Association (P&C).

School Principal's homework role

School Principles are required to implement their up-to-date school's homework policy during enrolment and in their annual report and distribute it to all:

  • staff
  • students
  • parents and caregivers.

Teachers homework responsibility

By setting homework on a regular basis teachers can help students create a regular independent study routine allowing them to develop organisational and time-management skills which they can put into practice doing homework.

Teachers use homework strategies by communicating it's purpose benefits and expectations by setting tasks that are:

  • varied
  • challenging 
  • related to class work
  • fits the learning needs of the students'.

They will also check homework on a regular basis, provide feedback and discuss any problems students may have with parents and carers and suggest alternatives.

Homework tasks

The types of homeware tasks could include:

  • daily reading to, with, and by parents, caregivers or other family members
  • linking ideas with familiar activities such as shopping, food preparation, local environment and family outings
  • talking about what's happening at school
  • preparing for oral presentations
  • write with purpose.

Prep Year tasks

In Prep Year, students usually don't get set homework.

Prep to Year 3 - (Early Phase of Learning)

In the Prep to Year 3 all activities at home or in play assist children to develop, numeracy and problem-solving skills.

Years 1,2, and 3

Homework for years 1,2, and 3 is around 1 hour per week.

Years 4 to 9 (Middle Phase)

Middle Phase homework can be completed daily, over a week or fortnight and may include:

  • reading every day
  • using different subject areas, e.g. setting a task like writing a letter in English to the local member of parliament (Civics) about a local environmental matter (Science)
  • extend class work to include research and projects.

Students in Years 4 and 5 could get up to 2 to 3 hours of homework per week to complete.

Years 6 and 7 student may have up to 4 hours of homework to complete each week.

Students homework responsiblity

Students need to take responsibility for their own learning by:

  • being aware of the school's homework policy
  • discussing homework expectations with the parents and caregivers
  • accepting responsiblity for completing their homework tasks within set timeframes
  • following up teachers comments
  • organising and manage their time to include other activities (home, sports, work, cultural).

Parents and caregivers homework role

Through your local Parents and Citizens' Association, parents and cargivers can play a key role in developing their school's homework policy and help their children by:

  • reading and talking to them, involving them in home tasks like shopping, playing games and other activities
  • helping them with homework tasks and talking about key questions or pointing them to resources
  • encouraging them to organise their time and take responsibility for their learning
  • encouraging them to read and take an interest in and disuss current local, national and international events
  • helping them to balance their homework and other work, sport or home activities.
  • contacting teachers to discuss any homework concerns you have.
Last reviewed 14 June 2019
Last updated 14 June 2019