Building Learning Power

Over the past few weeks the staff and children have been introduced to Building Learning Power. BLP is a way of helping young people to become better learners. It is an approach to learning that was created by Professor Guy Claxton. It is based on the idea that we are all capable of becoming better learners. BLP applies this idea directly to the work of teachers in the classrooms, to provide a practical framework for fostering lifelong learning in all young people.

Key Principles

  • It is a learning culture that encourages children and teachers to become better learners
  • It allows children to approach difficulties in learning without fear of failure
  • It allows the children to take small steps within learning
  • It develops confidence
  • It is not additional to teaching but should be grounded within everyday teaching and learning
  • It gives clear labels for the children to use to develop understanding of learning processes
  • What does BLP look like?

You may have heard your children already using some of the language that has been introduced in school. Professor Claxton suggests there are four main learning dispositions:

  • Resilience: not giving up
  • Resourcefulness: being able to use a range of learning strategies and knowing what to do when you get stuck
  • Reflectiveness: being able to think about yourself as a learner and how you might be able to do this better
  • Reciprocity: being able to learn with and from others, as well as on your own.

These dispositions are then split into seventeen learning ‘muscles’ that the children are encouraged to ‘stretch’ within their everyday lessons and activities and apply to different aspects of their learning. This term the whole school is focusing on Resilience and specifically the ‘Managing Distractions’ learning muscle. Look out for further information that will give you tips on how you can help at home!