At Tring School we see independent learning as a key way of closing the gap between what students currently know and can do, and what they need to know and can do.
Independent learning sits hand in hand with progress by supporting the next best steps in learning. We expect all students to take ownership of their learning inside and outside of the classroom.
Independent Learning at Tring School broadly falls into four categories:
- Home Learning - These tasks that will be set and directed by the teacher.
- Self Directed Study - This is work that students recognise they need to do as based on gaps that they have either self identified, or have been identified by the teacher.
- Super-curriculum - These are enrichment and enhancement tasks that support the traditional curriculum e.g theatre visits, museum visits, projects.
- Reading - We advise students to read at least 20 pages of a book and/or other reading material a day.
Why do we expect students to learn independently?
- High quality work outside the classroom has a positive impact on outcomes adding on average +5 months progress for learners. This is particularly the case for pupils in secondary schools.
- Students who complete independent learning are developing essential skills for learning; these include independent study skills, research skills, revision skills, and organisation skills.
- Independent learning supports the development of literacy and numeracy.
How do students know what they need to do?
- All home learning tasks are set on Go4Schools.
- For self directed study, students should reflect on areas of development following lessons or assessments.
- Students should look at the Super- curriculum page and find activities that they are motivated to complete, and will fuel their ambitions and passions.
- Reading at least 20 pages of a book and/or reading material a day is an expectation at Tring. Take a look at our reading page for reading lists and suggestions.
- For all students, it is good practice to get into the habit of self-directed independent learning, regardless of whether or not they have been directed by their teacher.
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