Independent Learning Tasks (ILT)

For this academic year we have made several changes to our Extended Learning Policy, notably the change of name from ELT (extended learning task) to ILT (independent Learning Task). Our aim is to provide clear opportunities for students to develop independent skills to ensure students become
responsible and resilient learners.

As a parent/carer you can expect your son/daughter to receive Independent Learning Tasks on a week by week basis. The expectation for all students within the academy is as follows:

  • Core subjects: 1 piece per subject per week
  • Foundation subjects: 1 piece every two weeks from all subject areas
    • Geography
    • History
    • Integrated Studies
    • ICT
    • Modern Foreign Languages
    • Travel & Tourism
    • Childcare
    • Art
    • Design & Technology
    • Music
    • Performing Arts
    • Physical Education

Independent Learning Tasks will be recorded in two ways depending on your child’s year:

  • Y11-Y8 students: Will record ILT within student planners, this will include resources required and the expected due-in date.
    • This will take the form of research tasks, completion of exam questions, GCSE exam papers, Hegarty Maths, revision notes
  • Y7 students: Will record ILT within individual student journals, this will include title and expected due-in-date;
    • This will take the form of retrieval to allow for students to learn key/subject specific information, which can be later applied.

We would be grateful if both student planners and learning journals are signed by parents and carers, to show awareness that ILT has been completed. State one recent change in retailing that has had a negative impact on areas.

We would be grateful if, as parents, you would provide us with information through the student planner/learning journals or by contacting the academy directly regarding any problems your child is experiencing with an Independent Learning Task.

Independent learning is not an optional extra, but is essential as part of a good education to ensure students can begin to learn outside of the timetabled curriculum. It contains an element of independent study in that it is not directly supervised by a teacher and we believe it is a significant step in raising
student aspirations and achievement.

The role of parents in aiding learning and a positive attitude to independent learning particularly, is a vital one in underpinning a child’s academic achievement and progress. Your commitment to ensuring your child meets deadlines and completes tasks to the best of his/her ability cannot be underestimated in securing your child’s success.