Independent Learning

We believe that all students should develop skills as independent learners. Home study plays an important part in the development of this skill and is essential if students are to achieve maximum success in their work.

Independent Learning Tasks at Hurworth are based on the concept of retrieval practice and represent how vital it is to ensure students are building a web of understanding, based on the non-negotiable knowledge of each subject.

Our Independent Learning Tasks also reinforce our whole school priority of ‘knowing more and remembering more.’

Key Stage 3

Pupils will be set Independent Learning Tasks in line with an agreed calendar. See link below:

Autumn 2021/22 KS3 Timetable

In core subjects, they will be set tasks three times per half

term. For non-core subjects, tasks will be set once per half term.

Tasks should allow students opportunities to retrieve some of the non-negotiable knowledge that they have learned in class.

Key Stage 4

Independent Learning Tasks will be set to complement the course they are following. For option subjects, students will complete 1 hour of ILT per fortnight. For core subjects they will complete 1 hour per week. The schedule will be determined by the Head of Department in each subject area.

Tasks should include a Knowledge Organiser and a retrieval task on the topic they are learning or revising.

Please see our retrieval section for more information

Please:

Ensure that your child is detailing Independent Learning in the planner and is recording the date it is to be completed by and the time which should be spent on it.

  • Inform your child’s form tutor if circumstances arise which make difficult the provision of the right conditions in which Independent Learning may be undertaken. We can provide suitable areas in school for students to complete Independent Learning to the best of their ability.

All Independent Learning Tasks will be distributed using the Microsoft Teams platform which enables students to access and complete tasks online.

Please note teachers will also be happy to provide paper copies of ILTs.

Please see the student step-by-step guide which details: how to access Microsoft Teams, view upcoming Independent Learning Tasks and demonstrates how to complete tasks online.

 

 

As part of on-going efforts to improve Independent Learning Tasks, the way in which students are issued tasks has changed.

All Independent Learning Tasks will be distributed using the Microsoft Teams platform which enables students to access; and in some cases complete tasks online. With this in mind appropriate time shall be allocated to ensure equal access to all students.

Please see the student step-by-step guide which details: how to access Microsoft Teams, view upcoming Independent Learning Tasks and demonstrates how to complete tasks online.

Microsoft Teams ILT Userguide