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Homework

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The Department of Education, Training and Employment has developed guidelines for homework in Queensland schools. The following is to operate as a guide in determining the amount of set homework that students might be expected to undertake weekly. It is of course open to parents to consult with a student’s teacher about additional materials or practice exercises with which parents can assist their children at home.

In Prep to Year 3 many activities at home or in play can assist children to develop literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills. Homework tasks may include: daily reading to, with, and by parents/caregivers or other family members; linking concepts with familiar activities such as shopping, preparation of food, local environment and family outings; conversations about what is happening at school; preparation for oral presentations; opportunities to write for meaningful purposes.

  • In the Prep Year, generally students will not be set homework other than home reading.

  • In Years 1, 2 and 3, set homework could be up to but generally not more than 1 hour.

  • In the Middle Phase (Year 4 to Year 9) some homework can be completed daily or over a weekly or fortnightly period and may include daily independent reading, be coordinated across different subject areas, include extension of class work, projects and research.

  • Homework in Year 4 and Year 5 could be up to but generally not more than 2-3 hours.

  • Homework in Year 6 and Year 7 could be up to but generally not more than 3-4 hours.

  • In Year 8 and Year 9 students should be given more responsibility for their own learning. They can be required to engage in independent learning to complement work undertaken in class. Homework in Year 8 & 9 could be up to but generally not more than 5 hours.

  • In Year 10 the amount of time devoted to homework and independent study will vary according to the student’s learning needs and individual program of learning, determined through their Senior Education and Training (SET) Plan.

An assessment calendar is provided at the beginning of each term to students in the Secondary. This calendar provides an overview of key assessment tasks and their due dates. It serves as an important study guide for ensuring key work commitments are met. 

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Last reviewed 27 February 2020
Last updated 27 February 2020