At Waseley Hills, ‘Homework’ has been rebranded as Independent Learning Tasks (ILTs) so that students really understand the value of working and learning independent of their teacher, class and school.

ILTs will be created to assist the learning which occurs in the classroom, rather than being a pointless ‘add-on’. It will act as a means for students to recall key facts and information they have been taught and that they need to remember.

As a school we have worked incredibly hard with staff to train them in the production of ILTs so that they are never pointless tasks but instead, aid learning.

When we teach things, if we never go back to them, then students will tend to forget them very quickly. If instead, we use tools like ILTs, quizzes in lessons and activities such as recall or revision techniques, students are more likely to remember them. The more they remember, the better they will learn new information! Linked to this, the more variety we present this information in, the better they will be able to remember.

When is it given and how will you know?

Like everything, we try to keep things as simple as possible at Waseley Hills so that there is no room for confusion for our students, teachers, or yourselves.

  • Teachers will set ILT learning in lessons once per week.
  • ILT learning is then revisited through 'Do Now' connect task in the next lesson. This will be reviewed 'live' with the teacher supporting pupils to share and check learning.
  • We have arranged for study areas to be open for students to access in order to give them time and space to complete ILTs.

My child needs more support where can they get this from?

We have pre-identified students who may need more support and our curriculum, pastoral and SEND teams will be closely monitoring and helping students so that they make a success of this system. It is clear that the more we help EVERY child to know and remember, the better outcomes they will have. ILTs are a critical aspect in this drive.

I hope that this quick ‘explainer’ helps. We aim to produce one of these periodically as we go through the year and hope that they are useful and give you an insight into why we do the things we do at Waseley!