Achieving Outstanding Independent Learning with Doddle

This year Baxter College set its sights on improving attainment by promoting independent learning.

The results have been remarkable and they have observed a real growth in proactive, motivated learners as a result.

Outstanding independent learning

Helen Wesson, Science Faculty Leader at Baxter College, wanted to encourage independent learning with her Year 10 cohort to ensure they got into the habit of studying from home in preparation for Year 11. Providing personalised guidance to make sure this work was directed to target weak skills for each student was an important hurdle to overcome. On top of this, Helen wanted to make sure that her efforts to better resource home learning weren’t reliant on an increase in staff workload. This is why she chose to use Doddle.

“Doddle helps us to track our students’ knowledge and helps them to understand what they need to do to improve. The resources on Doddle provide an excellent opportunity for students to work independently on their weaknesses, check their understanding, review and consolidate their learning.”

Helen planned an action research project to measure the impact of a competition on the level of independent learning and revision completed by Year 10. Over just two weeks, in the run-up to the Easter holidays when it can sometimes be difficult to motivate students, teachers noticed impressive improvements in students’ independent learning, with marked increases in the time spent working from home through Doddle!

The Competition Winners

Anya came 1st, having revised from an impressive 33 resources at home over the course of the two-week competition.

I enjoy the quizzes as they help me to test my understanding and correct my mistakes.


Following very closely in 2nd place was Rayan, who came to England 18 months ago from Syria. Rayan learned from a fantastic 27 resources at home over the two-week competition.

“The resources, particularly the presentations, have helped me learn the key terms. As English is my second language, Doddle is very clear so I am able to understand and make progress.” 

This year we're running competitions for all students on Doddle! We'll be sending certificates and prizes out to the top using students across the UK and worldwide. If you'd like your students to take part, please sign up here.