Homework | What are Independent Learning Tasks (ILTs)
We prefer to talk about ‘Independent Learning Tasks’ (ILTs) rather than ‘homework’.
On this page you will find an explanation of our ILTs. Students should log in to Google Classroom to see what ILTs have been set, or you can find a copy on our ‘tasks and deadlines’ page.
The purpose of ILTs are:
- to encourage students to develop the confidence and self-discipline to work on their own, an essential skill for adult life.
- to help students develop the independent learning skills of research, planning and self-review.
- to consolidate and reinforce curriculum specific skills and understanding.
- to extend school learning, for example through additional reading.
- to enable students to devote time to particular demands such as coursework or project work.
- to support the home/school relationship.
ILTs can take many formats including writing assignments, learning assignments, preparing a presentation, reading in preparation for a lesson, finding out information/researching a project, working as part of a group on a joint project, completing online quizzes and tasks on other learning websites, or attending an XL session.
All ILTs should be submitted in the subject Google Classroom. This can include submitting a photo or video of their work, e.g. where they have hand-written or drawn their work. .
Time spent on ILTs
We recommend that students spend a certain amount of time on ILTs:
- Years 7 and 8: 45 to 90 minutes per day
- Year 9: 1 to 2 hours per day
- Years 10 and 11: 1.5 to 2.5 hours per day
Each ILT has different levels.
They are set by the teachers, and just like in lessons, we set CORE, EXTENSION and KILLER tasks.
More able and talented students are expected to complete the KILLER tasks.
Students should try the highest level they can – they will get extra rewards for trying to challenge themselves.
How to help your child with ILTs
Parents and carers don’t have a login to our Google Classroom, but we will sign you up to receive Guardian Email Summaries. Here is an example.
If you don’t receive the email asking you to opt in, please let us know and we will add you.
Parents and carers can also download an overview of all tasks on our tasks and deadlines page.
- Help your child plan their workload. Help your child make sure that they start work on their ILTs with plenty of time before the deadline.
- Encourage your child to try the next level. Each task has three levels – core, extension and killer. The higher level tasks offer students more opportunities for deeper learning, so encourage them to take on the harder levels.
- Test your child on the keywords. Test your child to see how well they can explain what each word means, or whether they can use it them in a sentence.
- Ask your child to take on a super challenge. Each subject sets a super challenge each half term. These are optional but can really help your child develop independence.
- Don’t let your child finish too quickly. We recommend that Years 7 and 8 spend between 45 to 90 minutes per day on ILTs; Year 9 should spend between 1 to 2 hours on ILTS and Years 10 and 11 should spend between 1.5 to 2.5 hours per day on ILTs. If they finish early, have they checked for correct spelling, punctuation and grammar? Have they looked at the keywords or superchallenges?
- Use Class Charts to monitor feedback from teachers. The academy expects teachers to work hard planning and delivering lessons. They are not expected to mark all ILTs, but they should use Class Charts to acknowledge how hard a student has worked on their ILTs. This includes whether the ILT has been handed in or not, and whether the student has put in a good or exceptional effort.
- Check out these useful websites: our VLE (https://vle.cam.coop/) is where you can access our Library catalogue and the Britannica Schools encyclopaedia as well as resources from teachers. BBC Bitesize (https://www.bbc.com/education) is also very useful for many topics.