Independent Learning tasks

Each half term, teachers set students a grid of tasks to be completed over a 6 week period. Each grid gives students choices on which tasks to do and how much students wish to challenge themselves – attempting either the ‘core, ‘extension’ or ‘killer’ version of the task.

These tasks might be done at home or using the academy's facilities outside of normal lesson times.

These grids are printed for students in their planners. You can view PDF versions of these below.

Top 10 tips for supporting your children with ILTs

1. Make the most of academy facilities - Students are aware that they can choose to stay in the academy after 2:30pm to use the facilities in the academy to complete the Independent Learning Tasks. They have use of the Library and access to ILT support clubs. It also enables them to get support, if necessary, from teachers.

2. Set up a work-friendly area at home -  Make sure there is a well-lit place to complete Independent Learning Tasks. Keep supplies -- paper, pencils, glue, scissors, coloured pencils -- within reach.

3. Schedule a regular study time - Some students work best in the afternoon, following a snack; others may prefer to wait until after dinner.

4. Make a plan - Use the Independent Learning Grids to help them to create a plan in advance so that they can spread the tasks evenly throughout the week. You and your child will be aware of all learning grids at the start of every half term.

5. Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud music, or phone calls.

6. Do your own work. You won't learn if you don't think for yourself and make your own mistakes. Parents can make suggestions and help with directions. However, it is a child's job to do the learning.

7. If there are issues, seek help and support.

8. Parents/carers can be a motivator and monitor. Ask about tasks, coursework and assessments. Give encouragement, check completed tasks, and make yourself available for questions and concerns.

9. Parents and carers can praise their children's work and efforts.

10. Download the Independent Learning Grids from CAM website. These are inside the planners for each Year Group.