Inquiry into the Approaches to Homework in Victorian Schools

Report and Response

Final Report

The final report for the Inquiry into the Approaches to Homework in Victorian Schools was tabled in Parliament on 20 August 2014.

pdf Download an electronic copy of the Final Report -  1.03 Mb

Committee Chair, Mrs Jan Kronberg, has issued the following  pdf Media Release - 136.02 Kb regarding the report.

Government Response

The Committee received the government response to the Inquiry on 24 June 2015. You can download the response from the link below.

pdfGovernment Response(PDF 36.76 KB)

Hearings and Transcripts

Transcripts of Evidence

Monday 28 April 2014

pdf Professor Mike Horsley and Associate Professor Richard Walker - 209.38 Kb
pdf Department of Education and Early Childhood Development - 75.65 Kb
pdf Principal’s Associations - 84.82 Kb
- Independent Schools Victoria
- Principals’ Association of Victorian Catholic Secondary Schools
- Principals’ Association of Victorian Catholic Secondary Schools
pdf Parents Victoria - 73.82 Kb

Tuesday 29 April 2014

pdf Victorian Student Rep Council - 70.78 Kb 
pdf Professor John Hattie - 87.61 Kb
pdf Australian Education Union Victorian Branch - 66.23 Kb
pdf Select entry schools - 83.94 Kb
- Mac. Robertson Girls' High School
- Nossal High School
- Melbourne High School
pdf Bendigo Secondary College - 58.90 Kb
pdf The Mathematics Association of Victoria - 65.78 Kb

Wednesday 30 April 2014

pdf Centre for Multicultural Youth - 79.09 Kb
pdf Whittlesea Community Connections - 65.19 Kb
pdf Good Shepherd - 77.10 Kb
pdf Dyslexia and LD Network and Specific Learning Disabilities Association - 124.84 Kb
pdf Ms Yvonne Kelley and Mr Michael Barr - 90.36 Kb

Submissions

All public submissions will be available for download here once they have been formally processed and accepted by the Committee. Please note there may be some delay between when the Committee receives your submission and when it is made available on the website.

1.   pdf Ms Marie Odendaal. 5 December 2013 - 514.75 Kb

2.   pdf Mr Don Jewel. 6 December 2013 - 17.94 Kb

3.   pdf Mr Shayne Keenan. 22 December 2013 - 87.23 Kb

4.   pdf Hon. Peter Collier MLC, Minister for Education, Department of Education, Western Australia Government. 8 January 2014 - 1.76 Mb

5.   pdf Good Shepherd Youth and Family Service. 23 January 2014 - 9.94 Mb

6.   pdf Ms Jacinta Cashen. 29 January 2014 - 408.37 Kb

7.   pdf Dr Jim Watterson, Director-General, Department of Education, Training and Employment, Queensland Government. 29 January 2014 - 1.68 Mb

8.   pdf Mr Marcus L’Estrange. 4 February 2014 - 3.52 Mb

9.   pdf Ms Paula Hayes. 4 February 2014 - 38.45 Kb

10.  pdf Ms Robyn Cotter. 5 February 2014 - 157.21 Kb

11.  pdf Mr Colin Pratt, Secretary, Department of Education, Tasmania Government. 7 February 2014 3.25 Mb

12.  pdf Boys Forward Institute. 7 February 2014 - 1.16 Mb

13.  pdf Ms Donna Barry. 10 February 2014 - 27.78 Kb

14.  pdf Victorian Principals Association. 11 February 2014 - 41.68 Kb

15.  pdf The Dyslexia and L D Network-Bayside. 12 February 2014 - 70.21 Kb

16.  pdf Rowville Secondary College Council. 13 February 2014 - 764.55 Kb

17.  pdf Ashleigh. 14 February 2014 - 47.95 Kb

18.  pdfWaverley Christian College, Wantirna South Campus Primary. 14 February 2014 - 223.20 Kb

19.  pdf Ms Yvonne Kelley & Mr Michael Barr. 14 February 2014 - 22.36 Kb

20.  pdf Victorian Catholic Schools Parent Body. 14 February 2014 - 234.34 Kb

21.  pdf Victorian Catholic Schools Parent Body. 14 February 2014 - 89.98 Kb

22.  pdf Centre for Multicultural Youth. 14 February 2014 - 192.78 Kb

23.  pdf Victorian Student Representative Council. 14 February 2014 - 176.39 Kb

24.  pdf Murray Mallee Local Learning and Employment Network. 14 February 2014 - 397.31 Kb

25.  pdf Parents Victoria. 14 February 2014 - 102.24 Kb

       pdf Parents Victoria Appendix A -  1.71 Mb

       pdf Parents Victoria Appendix B -  141.31 Kb

       pdf Parents Victoria Appendix C -  72.25 Kb

26.  pdf Hopetoun P12 College Council. 14 February 2014 - 252.99 Kb

27.  pdf Bendigo Senior Secondary College. 14 February 2014 - 118.21 Kb

28.  SafeGov. 15 February 2014 -

29.  pdf Ms Lynn Wakefield. 16 February 2014 - 219.74 Kb

30.  pdf Australian Education Union Victorian Branch. 18 February 2014 - 275.32 Kb

Terms of Reference

Received from the Legislative Assembly on 26 November 2013

To the Education and Training Committee — for inquiry, consideration and report no later than 4 September 2014 on the approaches to homework in Victorian schools, focusing on the impact on student learning, including:

(a)     evidence supporting the value of homework:

          (i)      benefits to individual students’ learning;

          (ii)      contribution to discipline and other life skills; and

          (iii)     engagement of parents in student learning;

(b)     current approaches to homework, including application of, and access to, technology outside of the classroom/school:

          (i)      as a tool to reinforce learning;

          (ii)      differences across primary and secondary school and the sectors;

          (iii)     approaches in Indigenous and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse background communities;

          (iv)    individual versus team homework;

          (v)     conceptual versus applied;

          (vi)    relevance to curriculum;

          (vii)    integration into how teachers help students learn;

          (viii)   assessment;

          (ix)    reporting and feedback methods; and

          (x)     best practice models;

(c)     future of homework in Victorian schools:

          (i)      balance between reinforcing and extending what has been learnt in the classroom with time to undertake

                   extracurricular activities and to spend time with family;    

          (ii)      differentiated approaches for primary and secondary schools;

          (iii)     the nature, and time dedicated to, homework to facilitate best student learning in different communities; and

          (iv)    application of, and access to, technology to assist learning.

pdf Download an electronic Adobe PDF version of the above Terms of Reference here - 52.20 Kb