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Homework Policy

Task force was set up for the following purposes: 

  • To study the existing homework policy and practices, and surface critical issues that need to be addressed;
  • To identify and consolidate best practices among teaching staff in the management of homework load; and
  • To propose a revised policy guidelines on homework in the school


Homework Considerations

  • Why is it a necessity
  • Guiding Principles:
  • Existing Policy
  • Policies for Holidays/Long Weekends
  • Considerations for P5 & P6 pupils
  • How can the different subjects coordinate and ensure an appropriate homework load? 


What is homework?

  • Homework refers to any learning activity that pupils are required to do by the school to complete outside of curriculum time.
  • Homework is an important part of our pupils’ holistic development in becoming life-long learners. 


Why is homework a necessity ?


  • Effective use of homework enables pupils to: 
    • retain knowledge better ;
    • be more skillful in application of skills and concepts ;
    • deepen their conceptual understanding ;
    • develop good study habits and skills, such as time management, self-evaluation and self direction ;and
    • take greater ownership and responsibility for independent learning. 
  • Judicious use of homework allows teachers to: 
    • consolidate learning that has taken place in class ;
    • check for pupils’ understanding and progress, so as to provide timely feedback, intervention and support ; and
    • review effectiveness of lesson. 
  • Homework provides parents with:
    • timely information on the learning progress of their children ; and
    • opportunity to be involved in their children’s learning. 

Guiding Principles

  • Level of Difficulty
  • Quality of Homework
  • Amount of homework/Time spent
  • Tracking
  • Degree of Flexibility

Level of Difficulty

  • Homework should be appropriate to pupils’ abilities and be within their developmental readiness. 
  • As such, there would be differentiated homework given to pupils of different abilities. 

Quality of homework

  • Homework must be  well-thought through and quality in nature. 
  • A well-designed homework should: 
    • be purposeful and encourage critical thinking;
    • be worth doing and related to class teaching;
    • be explicit and clearly defined so that pupils clearly understand what is required of them; and
    • involve the use of only material resources that are known to be readily available to pupils; 

Amount of homework / Time spent

  • The specific amount of homework are generally based on pupil needs. 
  • The quantity of homework assigned take into consideration the following:
    • Adequate time for family bonding, social activities, personal interests and rest;
    • Age-appropriate and take into account the competing demands on pupils’ time ;
    • Coordination of assigning homework; 
    • Differentiation by academic courses or ability level.
  • Time spent on homework varies from level to level.
  • Teachers follow a set of guidelines when giving homework to pupils. 
  • There is flexibility for EMS teachers to give more than the norm if coordination is done among the class subject teachers.
  • For non-examinable subjects (HE, SS, etc),  subject teachers will give pupils at least one week to complete their work

Tracking of homework

  • Use of homework board - All assignments are written on the board (in the homework column), specified with the issued and due date. 


  • Teachers will set realistic deadline for homework given. 
  • If pupils are not able to complete the homework by the due date due to good reason, they should inform the teachers. 

Spelling and composition for EL & MT: 



MT Languages



Monday or Friday 


No fixed day for composition for EL and MT. If composition homework is given, teachers will not give additional homework for EL/MT. Pupils must practice finishing a piece of composition in one seating.

Homework during festive period

  • No homework should be given during festive holidays during term time, e.g. Chinese New Year, Deepavali and Hari Raya Puasa. 

Homework during examination period

  • Teachers will be mindful not to overload pupils with homework and practice papers in the week before Summative Assessments  
  • Pupils are to use the time to revise for their subject examinations. 

Homework during school term holidays

  • Pupils will be given some homework assignments for revision purposes

Consequences if pupils do not complete and/or submit homework 

  • Teachers will: 
  • Write in pupils’ handbook and get parents to acknowledge. 
  • Call parents after three occasions of not submitting/ completing homework.
  • For errant cases,  teachers will take necessary actions to get pupils to stay behind for detention during recess or after school. Parents will be duly informed.  
  • For extreme cases, teachers to make referrals to the discipline mistress.


Parents can consider doing the following to support their children in their learning:

  • Check the Pupil’s Handbook daily to view the homework assignments for the day. 
  • Reinforce expectations for the quality of work and monitor their children’s homework. 
  • Ensure that all assignments are completed by the due date.
  • Ensure that their children’s bags are packed according to the timetable 
  • Guide their children to set aside a regular study time and establish good study habits. 
  • Consult the teachers on their children’s progress. 


Pupils should:

  • Write down the homework assignments in the Pupil’s Handbook, listing the subjects and due dates. 
  • Get the homework and make sure that they understand what needs to be done for all the given homework assignments. 
  • Maintain the highest quality work, complete all homework assignments accurately and to turn them in by the due date. 
  • Make necessary corrections on the returned homework and reflect on the teacher's evaluation of homework assignments.
  • Be responsible for getting the homework assignments if they are absent from school. 
  • Organise their textbooks, workbooks, worksheets and files systematically.