At Gymea Bay Public, parents are being surveyed about their attitudes towards homework, reasonable tasks for homework, how much homework is enough and what a school policy on homework should include.
A recent OECD report found that students in Australia's private schools do two hours' more homework each week than their public school peers but their results were are no better once socio-economic advantage was taken into consideration.
The NSW Department of Education allows schools to decide their own homework policies and unlike other states, does not have recommend times for homework, although it does suggest that homework not be given in kindergarten.
In Victoria, schools are told the early primary years (prep to year 4) should not be given more than 30 minutes a day and none on weekends, while older primary students should be given no more than 45 minutes homework a day.
In a research document attached to its homework policy, the NSW department points to evidence that says homework in primary school does not necessarily improve results.
"Most researchers conclude that for primary students, there is no evidence that homework lifts academic performance," the document says.
Education academic Mike Horsley, who co-wrote the book Reforming Homework, said there was a "fair degree of difference" in how parents and teachers valued homework.
"For some parents, homework presents specific challenges in the modern lifestyles, so with the changes in the workplace and living arrangements, more traditional types of homework presents challenges and in some cases these challenges have turned into a fair bit of family conflict," Professor Horsley said.
"There is a fair bit of research that says homework doesn't have a great contribution to learning as measured by standardised tests but that does not mean we should abandon homework.
"We argued in our book that homework should be reformed and be much more aligned to how learning should occur."
The French president Francois Hollande has said he wants to ban homework for children aged under 11 but Professor Horsley said he would not support this.
"We say in our book that we should not ban homework because it is important for kids to get themselves organised and manage their own learning, but if it is hours and hours of drill and practice, then we would not support that," he said.
Morning & Afternoon Newsletter
Alexandra Smith is the State Political Editor and a former Education Editor at the Sydney Morning Herald
NewsSubscribe to RSS Feed
EdWeek 2018 - theme and dates announced
This year's Education Week will be held from Monday 6 August to Friday 10 August 2018 (Term 3, Week 3). The theme for Education Week is ‘Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world'. This theme communicates how NSW public schools are equipping young people with the skills and capabilities they need to thrive in a rapidly changing, globalised world. Video: Mark Scott announces theme for EdWeek 2018 You tube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULMFWr7_OzU... Read more
2018 Resource Allocation Model funding
In October 2017, all NSW public schools will receive a 2018 Planned School Budget Allocation Report. The report will assist with the management of the total budget delivered to schools through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) methodology distributes funding based on the individual needs of students and schools. This gives schools greater flexibility to make local decisions. Learn more about the 2018 funding by visiting the department's website or watch a short animation about managing the total school... Read more
The Maroubra Junction Art Show
Our school art show is on tonight at Maroubra Junction Public School 6-8pm. We hope to see you tonight! Please bring an umbrella or raincoat incase of wet weather. Program has been attached. MJPS Art Show... Read more
NDIS continues its roll out across NSW
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) started in NSW in July 2016, rolling out across half of the state. The rollout for the rest of NSW started on 1 July 2017 and the NDIS will be fully rolled out by mid 2018. The NSW government is writing to the families of children and young people with disability who currently receive disability supports in the rollout areas to advise how and when they will enter the NDIS. How will people move into the NDIS? There is a planned approach to the way people enter into the NDIS. The first people to... Read more
NAPLAN Online School readiness test
NSW schools will participate in the NAPLAN Online School Readiness Test from 14 August to 22 September. There is a lot of information for schools, students and parents on the NAPLAN Online transition website. The school readiness test is a ‘practice run' for schools to assess their technology as we prepare to transition to NAPLAN Online. It provides an opportunity for schools to become familiar with the NAPLAN Online assessment platform but is not an assessment of student ability.... Read more
Education Week 2017
Next week (Monday 31 July – Friday 4 August) is Education Week, a statewide annual event to celebrate public education in NSW. The week highlights the achievements of public education and local schools, putting the spotlight on our students, our educators and the communities that support them. This year's theme is I Learn, We Learn. It is a celebration of the commitment of the NSW Department of Education to ensuring that our students are at the heart of learning and that all our schools improve every year. Education Week is also a time for... Read more
Introducing Healthy School Canteens
The introduction of the revised Healthy School Canteen Strategy increases the availability of healthy food and drink options in school canteens to make the healthy choice, the easy choice. It replaces the Fresh Tastes@School Strategy in NSW schools that was commonly known as the traffic light system. The revised strategy is consistent with the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines and classifies food and drinks as either Everyday or Occasional. Sugary drinks will continue not to be sold. NSW public schools will have until the end of 2019 to... Read more
Our shared responsibility
Welcome back for the 2017 school year. I hope everyone had a relaxing and refreshing break. I'd like to particularly welcome students (along with their parents) and staff starting in our schools for the first time. May the year ahead be engaging and rewarding – a wonderful year of teaching and learning. We know the world is transforming profoundly and quickly, and it is our great responsibility to prepare our children and young people so that they can flourish through such change. When our children finish school and enter the evermore... Read more
2017 Resource Allocation Model funding
In October 2016, all NSW public schools will receive a 2017 Planned School Budget Allocation Report. The report will assist with the management of the total budget delivered to schools through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) methodology distributes funding based on the individual needs of students and schools. This gives schools greater flexibility to make local decisions. Learn more about the 2017 funding by visiting the Department's website. Watch a short animation about the important role of the RAM... Read more
Maroubra Junction Public School Concert 2016
We are holding our biannual school concert this year. The concert will be held at the University of NSW – Clancy Auditorium on Thursday the 3rd November 2016. The band will play in the foyer beginning at 6.15pm and the concert will begin at 7pm. The theme for this year's concert is international dance. This term, there has been a buzz of music and dance around our school as teachers and students prepare for this exciting event. Tickets need to be purchased online via the link below for $16 each. There is a two ticket limit for each family so... Read more
BYOD at MJPS
A presentation that was presented at the last P&C meeting to inform the community about how the BYOD program was progressing in Stage 3 classrooms.... Read more
Annual Report 2015
2015 Annual Report available Parents and community members are invited to read the Annual Report of 2015. Inside you will find information concerning progress on our three strategic directions, financial information, key projects and enrolment data. Limited paper copies are available in the school office. Annual Report 2015 (pdf 895 KB)... Read more
Growth Mindset at MJPS
Here at MJPS we have a growth mindset, we believe that abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. 4H is one example of such a growth mindset. Miss Hamilton has developed a powerful presentation combining the power of the growth mindset with the messages of Star Wars. We encourage all families to look at this presentation and go to the Light Side - the growth mindset side. Growth... Read more
Assembly Dates in 2016
Assemblies are back for 2016....and on Friday! Assemblies for 2016 are as follows. Parents are welcome to attend all assemblies in the Hall. Term One - Fridays 2.00pm W6 4/3 K-2 Assembly (2K&2F) W7 11/3 3-6 Assembly (3B&3CK) W8 18/3 K-2 Assembly (1A&1V) W9 25/3 Good Friday W10 1/4 3-6 Assembly (3F) W11 8/4 Last Day of term Term Two – Fridays 9.15am · W1 No Assembly (ANZAC Tuesday) · W2 6/5 K-2 Assembly (2A&2P) · W3 13/5 3-6 Assembly (3/4R&4H) · W4 20/5 3-6 Assembly (5R) · W5 27/5 K-2 Assembly (Languages)... Read more
Communication between school and home is vital at Maroubra Junction Public School. We are currently investigating a new method of communication in 2016 for parents to have a one stop place for all information from the school. Stay tuned for more details. Other ways to stay in touch include; Visit the School Website. Log in to http://www.maroubrajn-p.schools.nsw.edu.au for all the latest information. Find details about our policies, procedures, permission notes, newsletters and calendar. It's a one stop shop for everything you need to... Read more
A new school year
Welcome back to school for 2016. As we start the year we have high expectations of our students and staff and a commitment to deliver the excellent public education that parents, carers and the community rightly demand. This year we will work towards achieving new priorities announced by the Premier to raise the percentage of students in the top two bands in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). I am proud of our achievements in public education and each year our schools provide our communities with much to... Read more
Welcome to 2016
On behalf of the staff, I warmly welcome all families to the 2016 school year. A special welcome to those families starting school with us for the first time, we hope you love The Junction as much as we do. Please check the newsletter section for the latest information in getting ready for school. The newsletter can also be found here Feel free to email the school at email@example.com with any queries or concerns about starting school in 2016, or alternatively ring the school office on 9349 833. Please note the office re-opens... Read more
Applications for student travel 2016
From 2 November 2015, a new online SSTS application process is being introduced for schools within the Opal network, coinciding with the introduction of the School Opal card. Schools outside the Opal network should continue to process the existing blue SSTS application forms and send them to the appropriate transport operators. Most parents, guardians and students won't need to apply for a school travel pass for 2016 if they have already been given a school student travel pass for the current year. These will be automatically sent to the... Read more
MJPS Walkathon November 12
The major fundraiser for the P&C this year is the Walkathon, on Thursday November 12. The event will run in three stages - K/1, 2/3 and 4/5/6. Times are on the letter home Walkathon Letter Home (pdf 259 KB). There is also a sponsorship form Walkathon Sponsorship (pdf 63 KB) which can relate to the laps walked or just a donation. If the new landscape area is complete then that will be part of the course, otherwise it will be around the school. Lap cards will come to students as we get closer to the event. Thanks for your support of this major... Read more
2016 school funding allocations
All NSW public schools are currently being advised of their 2016 Resource Allocation Model (RAM) funding. RAM distributes funding based on individual needs of students and schools, and gives schools greater flexibility to make financial decisions. The way schools use their RAM funding will vary based on local needs. Some support will be for the entire school, and some will be for particular groups of students or individual students. There is an overview document about the RAM available on the Department of Education website. If you would like... Read more