We have high expectations of all our students and see Independent Learning as an essential part of each learner’s success.
Feedback from students has demonstrated the importance of varied and challenging Independent Learning.
“I feel that I have accomplished something beyond what is expected”
“…it helped me to get a greater understanding of the topic”
“It makes you feel better about my day”
“It would mean I tried my hardest to fulfill my potential”
“…a chance to gain additional knowledge and perspective on a topic”
“I feel happy and proud of myself”
“I feel satisfied and proud”
The ability to work independently, relying on one’s own initiative, skills and knowledge is the fundamental bedrock upon which a successful learner can flourish. Development of the capacity to be alone is necessary if the brain is to function at its best, and if the individual is to fulfill his or her highest potential.
At Hampstead School the most effective framework within which we can develop student’s potential it to provide a wealth of opportunities for independent learning which inspire, challenge and extend all students.
Over the course of each key stage, students are set regular Home Learning activities designed to build upon, enhance and extend skills and subject knowledge.
In addition, at Key Stage 3 there are times in the year, called Independent Learning Assessment Windows (iLAWs), when subjects will set extended pieces or different types of work which will be formally assessed. The aim for the learning opportunities in these iLAWs is to create further opportunities for each and every one to fulfil his or her highest potential.