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.
Students are expected to take responsibility for their learning. Independent Learning is set as appropriate to the lesson and the learning being undertaken. Where no formal Independent Learning is set students are encouraged to use time at home to consolidate their learning, review previous learning or start preparing for the next topic through personal research and reading. The quality of Independent Learning is monitored by the Raising Achievement Co-ordinators as well as individual department heads and by the Leadership Team.
Each pupil is given a planner at the beginning of the year. It is used to record each Independent Learning Task (ILT) that is set for each subject. It is the policy of Hurworth School that all students will be given Independent Learning Tasks. In Key Stage 3 the tasks will be set out in an Independent Learning booklet which will be issued every half-term throughout the academic year. In Key Stage 4 tasks will be distributed by individual subject areas.
- 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.
- Sign it each week and make any comments that you feel necessary. These will be acted upon immediately by your child’s tutor. In addition ensure that your signature has been countersigned by the tutor for that week.
- Let us know if Independent Learning is causing distress through it being too difficult or too much.
- 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.
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.