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Independent Learning

Independent Learning

Independent Learning at MEA Central

Homework is important for two key reasons:

  1. It supplements and reinforces the academic content students cover in lessons
  2. Good independent study habits are essential to succeed when students reach key stages 4 and 5. It’s vital that students take homework and revision seriously and complete it to the best of their ability.

A full presentation on our five year Independent Learning Strategy can be found here: 


An overview of homework for all year groups is here: 


Key Stage Three Retrieval Practice

Students are expected to learn the information for their homework using the Retrieval Practice booklet or a self-quizzing book. Students have been practising Retrieval Practice in lessons and in assemblies they have explored ways of getting the best out of them to support learning and progress in lessons. A

In core subjects students will have a weekly task to learn a section of the KO in preparation for Retrieval Practice, often in class in the form of a quiz.

Other subjects will set practice fortnightly and dependent on how many lessons a week they have.

What are knowledge organisers?

A knowledge organiser is a set of key facts or information that pupils need to know and be able to recall in order to ‘master’ a unit or topic. Typically, an organiser fits onto one page of A4 – this helps pupils to visualise the layout of the page which in turn helps them to memorise the information better.

Further information can be found by clicking the links below and current Knowledge organisers for all subjects can be found in our student area, Central Online.


Knowledge Organisers: A Guide for Parents

Project Central and Academic Reading 

To support students with their independence and self-discipline, students in Year 7 and 8 are set a 
project to complete over the half-term holiday. Students in Year 9 and 10 complete academic 
reading to expand their knowledge around a subject to encourage wider reading.

The design briefs for the May half-term are below.