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Independent Learning

At BVGA we aim to develop independence, autonomy and a love of learning in all our students. They are expected to take the leading role in their own educational journey and become confident learners, confident communicators, and confident future citizens. We believe that learning is for life, not just for the classroom.  
 

To support Independent Learning, we use a range of online platforms, including Office 365 SharePoint and Teams. Subject teachers will advise students on the online platforms for their subject.   


Key Stage 3 

In Key Stage 3, students are set regular independent learning tasks which support them to deepen their knowledge and understanding of each subject. Tasks set include short activities designed to consolidate learning in lessons and longer-term projects, research, reading and investigation. Towards the end of each half-term, students begin to prepare for upcoming tests and assessments.

Students are expected to read at home every day - see the Accelerated Reading page on our website for details

Parents can find out what students are currently studying and how they are assessed in each subject here


Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 

In Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5, we expect students to take even greater responsibility for their own learning. Teachers support this by ensuring all students are aware of the following information:  

  • Exam board and specification  
  • Course content  
  • Key knowledge, skills, vocabulary and reading 
  • How students are assessed  
  • When students are assessed. 

Independent learning includes tasks designed to consolidate learning in lessons, as well as coursework completion, revision and exam question practice in preparation for assessments and final examinations 

In Year 11 and Year 13 students are offered a range of extra opportunities to support their independent learning. These include:  

  • Study guides and textbook 
  • Online independent learning  
  • Exams masterclasses and lectures  
  • One-to-one and small group support 
  • Independent Learning Study Base and The Hub 

 Parents can find out more about learning in Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 here