New guide for educators in optimising independence in sixth form learning

Facet Publishing announce the publication of Facilitating Effective Sixth Form Independent Learning by Andrew K. Shenton


For young people who have opted to continue their education post-sixteen, it is difficult to overstate the importance of the independent learning which takes place in the Sixth Form. Typically, the balance between classroom teaching and independent study shifts dramatically at this point. Individuals who intend to go on to university will need strategies that will stand them in good stead for the next stage of their academic lives, in addition to serving their current needs. 


Facilitating Effective Sixth Form Independent Learning is a comprehensive guide for educators looking to support independent learning in the Sixth Form. It takes the reader on a step-by-step journey, showing how an appropriate teaching programme may be set up, and offering proven tools and strategies that can be adopted in the classroom. The book advises on how to formulate a worthwhile research question, and establishes the importance of teaching unifying methodologies, in addition to individual techniques, before various means of finding information are identified. It also faces up to the challenges experienced by many learners by introducing Shenton’s Information/Writing Interaction (IWIM) model for helping students construct essays. Further coverage includes strategies for countering plagiarism and numerous suggestions for promoting student reflection.


Described as ‘an absolute goldmine for educators’ by Dr Wendy Beautyman of the National College of Education, Shenton has emphasized the book’s timeliness. He said, ‘the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 have emphasised the importance of students’ skills in learning autonomously learning has never been so complex and challenging to the individual’.


Rigorous yet accessible and featuring numerous practical examples, Facilitating Effective Sixth Form Independent Learning is an essential resource for educators working in a world where developing independent learning skills is not an option, but essential.


Facilitating Effective Sixth Form Independent Learning: Methodologies, Methods and Tools | 9781783305582 | 288pp | September 2021 | £55 |


Andrew K. Shenton, BA (Hons), MSc, PhD, DLitt, PGCE, FCLIP, has worked at Monkseaton High School, in north-east England, for the last 17 years. Dually qualified in education and information science, he has been involved in teaching the Extended Project Qualification since its inauguration in the organisation in 2010. Andrew is a widely published specialist in the fields of information behaviour, information literacy and research methods, with over 200 publications to his name across a range of professional periodicals and peer-reviewed journals in education and LIS. On becoming a Chartered Fellow of CILIP in October 2020, Andrew gained the unusual distinction of holding both the highest academic degree in his field and the highest professional qualification.



The book is published by Facet Publishing and is available to order from Ingram Publisher Services UK | Tel: +44 (0)1572 202301| Fax: +44 (0)1752 202333 | Email: sends e-mail) | Web: | Mailing Address: Ingram Publisher Services UK, 10 Thornbury Road, Plymouth, PL6 7PP |  It will be available in North America from the American Library Association.