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Learning Powers (BLP)

We believe that as well as learning knowledge and skills, it is important that children learn how to learn. We have used research from Professor Guy Claxton to help formulate our approach to helping young people become better learners.

‘Since we cannot know what knowledge will be needed in the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance. Instead, our job must be to turn out young people who love learning so much, and who learn so well, that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned.’                John Holt

Learning Powers allow us to develop a common language for learning across the school. The language of Building Learning Power is used in all classrooms, with all children, where it enables all children to talk about learning to learn. We refer to the four dispositions (4Rs) as a group of ‘learning muscles’. Just as we can build out physical muscles with the right exercise, learning muscles can also be developed and can grow in strength and stamina. It is these dispositions that we are aiming to develop in the children.