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A teacher’s hunt for evidence on…How to help my students become more independent

To learn successfully in school and beyond, young people need to be able to sustain motivation and structure their time. Alex Quigley explains how teachers can help them to develop these key skills

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Sam would perhaps prove to be my most maddening student: “I forgot my book, Sir”; “My internet wasn’t working”; “I didn’t write my homework down”; “Erm, I forgot”. A catalogue of flimsy excuses would characterise his school year. Inevitably, with each assessment, he would fall back another step behind his peers.

By the time this student left the sixth form, would he be properly prepared to enter the world of work, with all the independence required to flourish? Not likely.

But perhaps Sam hadn’t been taught the necessary strategies to manage his own learning early enough and then consistently ...

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