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Independent Learning

Independent Learning


Claire Till
Claire Till
Independent Learning

The promotion of independent learning is integral to our curriculum. Independent learning refers to a student’s ability to take responsibility for their learning and includes not only the completion of activities but also time management. Filtering into our 3 R’s this aspect of our curriculum promotes student responsibility and respect. Self-respect in terms of their learning and respect for others in facilitating and supporting their choices to engage in independent learning.

The aim of independent learning is for the student to become active within their own education, participating not only in the doing but also making informed decisions about the how and being able to evaluate their progress. This process is central to student success especially within our Sixth Form and as a lifelong learning skill when students leave us and enter higher education and the world of work.

As an adult developing your child as an independent learner can be challenging and knowing where to start with the process a minefield of questions. If you are embarking on this journey with your child there are a number of steps that can be taken to help support them in their work.

For instance,creating a work zone in the house where they are able to work without the distraction of their phones and gaming equipment. Sitting down and planning out a timetable with home learning times can be a productive and relatively short activity that enables the child to see their work in manageable chunks. Finally, engaging with the school through parents evenings, Google Classroom and student planners can send a powerful message that together we all want to support the child in their endeavours.

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