Creating Independent Learners

Transforming the way students learn, progress and achieve

Alan Jervis

Alan has delivered over 1,600 courses to roughly 11,000 teachers. With over 30 years of teaching experience - including seven as an assistant headteacher responsible for teaching, learning and assessment - Alan has extensive experience of employing new teaching and learning strategies. trainer profile

Shifting the emphasis of learning towards students becoming more independent and more willing to work harder than their teacher is never going to be easy.  But this course will attempt to aid the process by going through the stages needed to be successful. It will be tailored to your requirements on the day and will be hands-on and interactive.

We will explore the very nature of motivation and how to improve it. We will look at why students learn to be dependent and how we can coax them into taking responsibility for their own learning. The outcome of which will see students self-motivated to progress, achieve and excel.

Course Aims:

  • Enable teachers to understand the benefits and barriers to learners becoming independent
  • Offer strategies to increase the independence of students
  • Introduce effective and beneficial ideas for making your students work harder than you
  • Provide a totally hands-on day to allow you to confidently put into practice what has been learned the very next day

What other teachers have said about the course

  • Excellent - very practical ideas that I will easily integrate into my teaching starting tomorrow. The trainer reminded me why I went into teaching in the first place, thank you so much!

    Mia Krunk -Connaught School for Girls
  • Very interesting and liked that we, as a group, took the day where we wanted to go. Very flexible presenter.

    John Maguire - Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School
  • It was certainly an inspiring course and I am convinced I will be using the techniques and ideas in my lessons. I can't wait to see how they pan out.

    Valentin Pappert -St Albans School

Full Course Content

Session 1: Principles of Independence and Motivation

  • The benefits of independent learning and strategies
  • What is motivation?
  • Why do some of our students lack the motivation to be independent?
  • Effective strategies for motivating

Session 2: Getting Students to Take Responsibility for Their Learning

  • Inspiring students to take responsibility
  • Learning styles and independent learning
  • Changing the classroom culture
  • Dealing with parents who don't understand

Session 3: Showing Progress

  • Self and peer assessment strategies that work
  • Simple and free ICT tools to aid independent learning
  • Formulating an effective strategy timeline
  • Plenary