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Independent Study

At Corsham6th we pride ourselves in developing independent, self-starting and well informed students. Much of the pastoral programme and teaching is based around students managing their time effectively to stay healthy and positive.

We use a combination of strategies including the VESPA mindset and also PiXL Post-16 Independence. Our Core and tutorial Programme place a great emphasis on what makes an excellent independent learner. This includes strategies and approaches for students to adopt.

We follow the VESPA mindset model during tutor time.






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Our purpose built Sixth Form Centre is open from 7.30am until 6pm and provides students with a high quality learning and research space, equipped with a suite of laptops.

Teachers reward students for their independent study through our C6th Independence rewards scheme. See examples below:

C6th 3 points

Attending revision sessions

Attending Common Room after school to complete work

Evidence of Working in a group/pair to test knowledge and understanding

Silent/independent study – tutor time

Creating Revision resources

One-to-one discussions with subject teacher

Evidence of ‘Futures’ research and planning

Clear evidence of preparation for EPQ supervisions.

C6th 9 points

Handing in extra work for marking

Evidence of deeper learning – e.g. annotated articles from journals/periodicals/literature

Writing exam questions under timed conditions

Using past exam questions and planning answers

Marking own work to a mark scheme

Evidence of mentoring another student in school

Establishing work experience opportunity