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Homework/Independent Study

The information below clarifies our expectations with regards to learning beyond the classroom at St Anne’s. This encompasses homework tasks which we now refer to as ‘Independent Study’ All Independent Study tasks should have a purpose and be set using Microsoft Teams.

Research focusing on the relationship between independent learning and student achievement has shown clear benefits, particularly for students at secondary school. We strongly believe that learning independently helps to embed knowledge and skills acquired in class and provides students with the opportunity to develop a crucial range of learning habits including independent thinking, memory, resilience and initiative. 

Why is Independent Study important? 

  • It develops collaboration, by involving parents and others in the learning process and provides an important motivational function.

  • It strengthens 'retrieval' which allows students to not only KNOW more but REMEMBER more ready for their exams.

  • It develops resilience by allowing students to develop their ability to work independently. 

  • It develops discipline, by allowing valuable practise and extension of skills, knowledge and understanding learned in the classroom. 

  • It develops imagination, by allowing students to use materials and other sources of information that are not always available in the classroom. 

  • It develops independent study skills and positive learning habits that are essential for success both at St Anne's and into further and higher education. 

Independent Learning Strategies

To support students Independent Study, St Anne's have introduced 8 Independent Learning Strategies that can be used with Knowledge Organisers. These can be used to support a specific task set by a teacher or in addition to any Independent Study or Remote Learning tasks. To access the 8 Independent Learning Strategies (ILS) document, please Click Here

Frequency of Independent Study

Independent Study tasks may take anywhere between 10 minutes and 1 hour and at key stage 4 it may take longer. Students should also ensure that they are reading and engaging in Independent Learning Strategies (with Knowledge Organisers) 2 - 3 times per week.

All other subjects (non-core)

KS3 Subject

English, Maths, Science and RE (core)


1 per week

1 per fortnight

KS4 Subject

All subjects


1 per week

Knowledge Organisers

Use the links below to view Knowledge Organisers

Year 8
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
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