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Independent study away from the classroom is an essential component of the learning journey of our students. Independent study is learning which might traditionally be called Homework alongside other learning activities which happen during the Academy day but outside of lesson time.
The completion of independent study is a daily expectation for all students and progress towards meeting this will be encouraged, supported and monitored by teachers at all levels.
Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 are expected to complete 1 hour per day on average, totalling 5 hours across the week. By completing this, students are able to progress through the deep and broad curriculum to prepare successfully for our Key Stage 4 programme of courses.
Students in Year 10 and 11 are expected to complete 2 hours per day on average, totalling 10 hours across the week. This will enable students to make enhanced progress through our challenging curriculum and achieve examination outcomes that surpass national expectations. This prepares our students for sixth form study, apprenticeships and employment.
Students in Year 12 and 13 are expected to complete 3 hours per day on average, totalling 15 hours across the week. This will enable students to make enhanced progress through our challenging curriculum and achieve examination outcomes that surpass national expectations. This prepares our students for higher education, higher apprenticeships and employment.
Independent study provides opportunities for our students to develop self-reliance, self-management and self-discipline. It gives time to reinforce concepts and skills learnt in lesson time, as well as time to research topics, concepts and ideas more deeply. Independent study is pre-planned and an essential element of each subject curriculum. It is designed to allow students to extend themselves with careful structure and guidance and develop a wider love of learning.