Extended Learning is work that is set to be done outside the timetabled curriculum. It contains an element of independent study in that it is not usually directly supervised by a teacher. It is important in raising student achievement.

Not all Extended Learning is done at home; in fact, for some students who find it hard to work at home, or for some tasks which may require resources (books, software, equipment) more readily available at school, it is necessary or desirable to carry out the task at school.

Extended Learning enhances student learning, improves achievement and develops students' study skills and as such is an integral part of the curriculum. It requires careful planning and integration into the scheme of work of each curriculum area.


The designated Assistant Principal and department leaders are responsible the monitoring and evaluation of the setting, use and assessment of Extended Learning across the academy.


Extended Learning enables students to:

  • consolidate and extend work covered in class or prepare for new learning activities.
  • access resources not available in the classroom.
  • develop research skills.
  • have an opportunity for independent work.
  • show progress and understanding.
  • provide feedback in the evaluation of teaching.
  • to enhance their study skills e.g. planning, time management and self-discipline.
  • to take ownership and responsibility for learning.
  • engage parental co-operation and support.
  • create channels for home school dialogue.

When will Extended Learning be set?

This is decided by each subject area in collaboration with the designated Assistant Principal. For teachers who are responsible for over 10 classes the ELGs can be set across a term. For teachers who have less than 10 classes the ELGs should be set across a half term.

Extended Learning Goal tasks (ELGs)

An Extended Learning Goal (ELG) is a task which students complete outside of normal class teaching hours. Students are given the ELG task sheet (see ELG Subject documents provided below) at the beginning of a half term or unit of work. Students, in discussion with teachers and parents, decide on which tasks they are going to complete over the allotted time. Tasks carry points and students must amass a minimum of 20 points over the half term or other agreed period.

Extended Learning Goals can involve any of the following:

  • Independent learning
  • Practice - learning by doing
  • Completion of course work assignments
  • Research
  • Reading
  • Interviews
  • Drawing
  • Using ICT
  • Recording
  • Visiting a venue or event
  • Diary or log