Independent Learning (Homework)

Good homework habits.

An excerpt from “I tried to do my homework” – a poem by Kenn Nesbitt © 2015

I tried to do my homework
but a show was on TV.
A song was on the radio.
A friend was texting me.

My email chimed, and so, of course,
I had to look at that.
It linked me to a video
of someone’s silly cat.

Kenn Nesbitt Copyright © 2015.

To read the rest of the poem click here

So what are good homework habits?

Good homework habits are things that will help you do your homework to the best of your ability, with the least distractions. It has been found that pupils who do about 2 hours of homework a night were almost 10 times more likely to achieve five good GCSEs than students who did not spend any time on homework.

  • Organisation – knowing when homework is due will help you schedule your time and reduce stress.
  • A good/sensible place to study – this needs to be a table or desk with good lighting and be free from distractions, which allows the focus to be on studying.
  • What, how and when – what the specific homework task is, how it is needed to be done and when it is due, all allow the focus to be on the work.
  • Distractions/Social media – the use of Facebook/Twitter/Snapchat or similar while doing homework is a distraction that takes focus off the work that needs to be done.
  • Music – quiet music in the background will aid concentration, however spending time searching songs and looking through playlists is an avoidance tactic.
  • Regular breaks – brains need a break, but these should be short to allow the work to be done in the allotted time.
  • Procrastination – leaving everything until the night before it is due in will not produce the best results, cramming a lot into a short time doesn’t allow the best work to be done.


A quick quiz…. True or False?

  1. It is best to leave all homework until the night before it is due in.
  2. The best place to do homework is on my bed with my mobile and tablet.
  3. It is not necessary to be organised to complete homework.
  4. Doing homework while on Social Media will make sure it is completed more accurately and faster.
  5. it is important to have a place to study so that it is possible to focus on homework.


Independent Learning at Home

Students from all years at the Academy will be required to carry out Independent Learning tasks at home. This will be in the form of regular weekly homework for all students as well as Independent Learning Projects for students.

Regular Weekly Homework for All Students

Students should all be writing their homework in planners (and will not get a stamp unless they do so), teachers will also be logging homework on GoForSchools. This is a reference tool for homeworks so that you are able to see when it is set and when it is due.

Online resources have been purchased by the Library to help support your child.  Please click here for full information.

Independent Learning Homework Projects for Students

An Independent Learning Homework Project is a task/investigation with a clear scope and achievable deadline that requires students to carry out research and/or creative activities outside of their regular weekly lessons and homework.  It will extend and deepen students’ s thinking and enable them to learn how to manage their time and progress.  Through carrying out an Independent Learning Homework Project, students will learn:

  • how to research effectively
  • how to manage their time and meet a deadline
  • how to work independently and take responsibility for their own work
  • how to find a way to get help when they are stuck

These skills are essential for success in their continuing education and make them a very employable person.  The schedule for Independent Learning Homework Projects is provided in a link below.

To support students:

  • Library research sessions are being run in terms 1 and 2 for every student;
  • Information about research techniques will be provided in tutor time in term 2;
  • Project planning grids to help students plan and monitor their projects will be provided with each project; and
  • The Library will offer research support every Thursday after school.

Guide to getting started with your projects.pdf

Internet research guide.pdf

Project Planning Grid.pdf

Research and Project Planning Support for Older Students

Students in Years 10 and above will also be provided with support on research techniques and project planning to support their coursework and supplement their studies at Key Stages 4 and 5 and prepare them for continuing education after school and in employment.