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Independent Study

To support students with their learning they are provided with a revision guide (where relevant- for some practical subjects, they are not required) for each subject, containing the key information they must learn for each subject. Independent study is set regularly and is based on the content of the revision guides. This will be a combination of retrieval practice and exam practice.

Independent Study is set on MS Teams and recorded on Class Charts for students. This must be completed on time and to a high standard.

Completion of Independent Study is included on Student reviews, which are sent out twice during the year, after each set of Progress Exams.

Independent Study Timetable

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 should spend approximately 1 hour each evening completing Independent Study. This increases to 2 hours per evening for students in Years 10 and 11.

Please see below for recommended quantity and frequency of independent learning in Year 11

Year 11

Frequency 

Time 

English 

Weekly 

60 mins  

Maths 

Weekly 

60 mins   

Science 

Weekly 

60 mins   

History/Geography 

Weekly 

60 mins 

Spanish/Option C 

Weekly 

60 mins 

Option A 

Weekly 

60 mins 

Option B 

Weekly 

60 mins 

 

How can parents and carers help with Independent Study?

Parents and carers can support students by viewing independent study as an important part of their learning, by discussing Independent Study with them and encouraging them to be organised in completing it. Providing a quiet area at home for students to study in is also very helpful.

The academy uses an online system called Class Charts which allows parents and carers to keep track of your child’s assigned homework tasks. 

You can access the Class Charts parent website at: https://www.classcharts.com/parent/login 

GCSEPod is the perfect resource to help your child learn, retain and recall all the information they need to achieve their GCSE goals.  For more information and guides to accessing the platform click here.

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