Independent Learning

Introduction

The latest ISI Inspection highly commends Lancing’s strength as a school in which independent thought is encouraged, fostered and celebrated.

Pupils’ attitudes to their own learning at all ages are outstanding and this contributes strongly to excellent outcomes in their academic and other achievements. They show notable initiative and independence in their approach to learning and they respond enthusiastically to opportunities for creativity and when challenged in their thinking.

ISI Report, March 2017

Following a core programme of metacognition strategies in the Third Form, pupils are given multiple opportunities to develop and discover enthusiasm for independent learning, via the school curriculum, co-curriculum and through individual tutor support.

Specially designed activities promote successful intellectual development through the Senior School and into preparation for the Sixth Form.


About Independent Thinking

All Third Form pupils have dedicated “Learning to Learn” periods in addition to a supervised period to peruse their own personal reading. This helps pupils develop a foundation of core skills and helps them to explore and develop their own learning. The programme considers different types of knowledge, assessing research integrity and conducting their own research. There is time for self-evaluation, reflection and peer review and the year culminates in every pupil completing a 3,000 word project.

At curriculum level most subjects incorporate elements where independent thinking is encouraged, often as part of developing a portfolio or project or as part of GCSE assessment.

In the Sciences, independent thinking and critical reflection is developed through practical skills, fieldwork and the designing of experiments. In other subjects these skills are enhanced through creative writing, problem solving and artistic composition. Pupils are encouraged to share their work with others as part of a process of self-reflection, peer review and support and challenge.

Many pupils participate in competitions within the College and nationally.


Enrichment and Extension

The range of co-curricular activities in the Senior School provides pupils with the opportunities to grow and refine their independent thinking skills. This could be through the 20 different societies on offer including: school debating, writing for the school online journal, participating in competitions, hearing from visiting speakers and joining in the Combined Cadet Force or Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme.

Beyond the formal curriculum, the Lancing day affords multiple opportunities for pupils to expand ones horizons alone or in partnership with others.

Lancing’s many trips also offer a valuable opportunity to learn in a real-life setting and this can take place through visiting new places, listening to different perspectives or testing experiments in a new location.

Pupils highly developed study skills support their outstanding academic and other achievements. Their excellent attitudes to study are exemplified by high levels of initiative and independence. Pupils’ attitudes to their own learning at all ages are outstanding.

ISI Report, March 2017