Homework Policy

To promote, encourage and develop a lively awareness and interest in all aspects of the subject, but especially in reading, are the aims of homework in English. It is hoped that our pupils will develop independent study skills and read for pleasure, which should stand them in good stead in later years.

The English Department’s homework policy follows the guidelines of the whole school policy. Pupils will be asked to do homework for English on a regular basis. Homework is in-built into the Programmes of Work for S1 and S2. Spelling is a major feature of homework. The length of time required to complete homework assignments may naturally vary from week to week and pupil to pupil, depending upon the amount of work done in class. In addition to reading widely and practising their reading skills, pupils may often be expected to go over their class work to revise and consolidate, to correct errors and to complete written assignments when required. They may be asked to prepare a talk or interview someone to find out a piece of information. A purposeful interest in radio and television programmes and films is also encouraged, which will help critical listening skills.

Time spent on homework is an important part of the learning process and will range from approximately half an hour per week for S1/S2 pupils, to an hour for S3/S4 and about two hours for seniors. However, a great deal will depend on how long pupils spend on their private reading. Recommended reading lists are available in classrooms and in the Base to help those who find it difficult to select appropriate reading material on their own.

Pupils will always be given sufficient advance warning and ample time to complete the oral/written tasks required of them. Pupils are expected to use their homework diaries always and to use them to note and record their homework tasks. Any pupil not completing given homework by the due date will be issued with a Punishment Exercise. Pupils who fail to complete homework on a regular basis will be referred to their teacher and using the school system to the Principal Teachers. If there is no improvement, steps will be taken to involve the Deputy Reactors of the House and contact may be made to inform the parents.

Types of Homework Assignments

The following is not by any means an exhaustive list but acts merely as a ‘flavour’ of the tasks that can be expected at the various levels:


  • Spelling Programme
  • Complete reading, writing and talking assignments
  • Undertake more independent reading
  • Books Reviews
  • Learn new vocabulary
  • Prepare for work in class


  • Reading class texts
  • Reading for personal study
  • Close Reading
  • Writing answers to questions on texts
  • Completing and/or redrafting written assignments
  • Researching and preparing for written and oral tasks
  • Book Reviews


  • Private and personal organisation of study time
  • Reading of various texts
  • Working on Personal Study/Dissertations
  • Close Reading
  • Practical Criticism
  • Revision of classwork
  • Preparation of exam techniques
  • Research and preparation of written tasks
  • Writing critical evaluations
  • Writing answers to questions on texts