Independent Study at Stockport Academy

Independent study refers to any task or assignment a student completes in addition to timetabled lessons. This could be completed in a number of places including at home, in a co-curricular Independent Study club or in the library at lunchtimes.  

Research by the Education Endowment Fund has found that students who regularly complete Independent Study can make five months additional progress in comparison to those who do not. They are therefore considerably more likely to be successful in their GCSE examinations if they are motivated and extending their learning time through Independent Study.  

All students in Years 7-9 will be set Independent Study according to the timetable below e.g. all students will be set Independent Study for Maths on a Thursday and Science on a Friday. All Independent Study will be set on a website or an app. Students will then have one week to complete the task. The advantage of using apps is that a number of these will adapt the difficulty of the questions based on the responses students give providing a more targeted revision opportunity. Most also self mark providing students with instant feedback.  

KS3 Independent Study Timetable

At KS4, Independent Study may look different in different subjects but it is likely to include opportunities for students to practice and apply learning that has been covered in lessons, retrieval practice of topics covered in the past, revision for exams and some extended projects. Some subjects make use of a variety of online apps such as Sparx, GCSE pod and Seneca. We encourage students to access these regularly, beyond what is set through Independent Study to extend their learning. Completing Independent Study will also support students in developing effective revision habits in preparation for their exams and improve key skills valued by colleges, universities and employers such as self motivation, resilience and organisational skills.  

All Independent Study set will be recorded on Arbor for both students and parents/carers to view. Download your student how-to guide for accessing Abor assignments here.

Independent Study Resources

At Stockport Academy we actively encourage students to extend their learning beyond the classroom, and promote independent study through a variety of mobile apps, websites and revision tools. 

A list of resources can be found below to support students.

Independent Learning and Revision App Guide

Sparx Maths

Educake SENECA iDEA 

Pearson Revise

Language Nut

United Learning Pupil Curriculum Site

KS4 Knowledge Organisers - By Subject

Art KS4 KO Oct 23.pdf 2091KB Art KS4 23-24
Biology KS4 KO Oct 23 CST.pdf 1524KB Biology KS4 23-24
Business KS4 KO Oct 23 SMO.pdf 2273KB Business KS4 23-24
Chemistry KS4 KO Oct 23 CST.pdf 3746KB Chemistry KS4 23-24
Computer Science KS4 KO Oct 23 SMO.pdf 1420KB Computer Science KS4 23-24
Design Tech KS4 KO Oct 23.pdf 2500KB Design Technology KS4 23-24
Drama KS4 KO Oct 23 BLA.pdf 1259KB Drama KS4 23-24
English Language KS4 KO LPI.pdf 1259KB English Language KS4 23-24
English Literature KS4 KO Oct 23 LPI.pdf 1433KB English Literature KS4 23-24
French KS4 KO Oct 23 KRO.pdf 4139KB French KS4 23-24
Geography KS4 KO Oct 23 KFI.pdf 2454KB Geography KS4 23-24
Health & Social KS4 KO Oct 23 LBE.pdf 1862KB Health & Social KS4 23-24
History KS4 KO Oct 23 FRE.pdf 2423KB History
Hosp & catering KS4 KO Oct 23 NWA.pdf 9780KB Hospitality & Catering KS4 23-24
Maths KS4 KO Oct 23 ECR.pdf 4019KB Mathematics KS4 23-24
Physics KS4 KO Oct 23 CST.pdf 2021KB Physics KS4 23-24
Science combined KS4 Oct 23 CST.pdf 5290KB Science Combined KS4 23-24
Spanish KS4 KO Oct 23 KRO.pdf 3689KB Spanish KS4 23-24
Sport Science KS4  23-24.pdf 1698KB Sport Science KS4 23-24

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