Developing A School-Wide Approach to Independent Learning
How best to develop the capacity of students for independent learning is a challenge faced by many schools. Whilst the aspiration of equipping students to think for themselves is widely shared, turning this vision into reality in the face of on-going pressure to reduce real education to a routine of spoon-feeding and teaching to the test is a genuine challenge.
Dr John Taylor, who will lead the training day, has been at the forefront of the development of independent learning in schools, with extensive experience as a teacher trainer both in the UK and internationally. John co-directed the development of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) prototype Perspectives on Science course. He was involved in the development and implementation of the EPQ from its inception and has many years’ experience in supporting schools and colleges looking to promote student independence and embrace project work. He has recently written a guidebook for teachers looking to develop ‘Independent Learning’ as part of the Bloomsbury ‘Teach Yourself: Train Others’ CPD Library.
The course is designed to support teachers in primary and secondary schools, as well as school leaders and curriculum managers who would like to think strategically about the implementation of independent learning in their schools. Questions that will be explored include:
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