“Independent learning is a process, a method and a philosophy of education whereby a learner acquires knowledge by his or her own efforts and develops the ability for enquiry and critical evaluation”
Essentially in promoting independent learning we are encouraging and enabling our students to become self-directed in their learning experiences and to have more autonomy and control over their learning. The new Ofsted framework says that to achieve outstanding;
‘Teaching promotes pupils’ high levels of resilience, confidence and independence when they tackle challenging activities’.
We know from research that getting stuck is actually a good thing and develops the learning process, as teachers we are tempted to intervene at the first opportunity but independent learning encourages us to be facilitators to step back and not judge. Research has shown that promoting independence in the classroom develops creativity and confidence in students.