Building Learning Powers
Building learning power is about helping our pupils to become better learners, both in school and out.
It is about creating a culture in classrooms – and in the school more widely – that systematically cultivates habits and attitudes that enable young people to become better learners; face difficulty and uncertainty calmly, confidently and creatively.
Students who are more confident of their own learning ability learn faster and learn better. They concentrate more, think harder and find learning more enjoyable. They do better in their tests and external examinations.
Building Learning Power prepares youngsters better for an uncertain future. At St Peter's, we believe that we need to be educating not just for exam results but for lifelong learning. To thrive in the 21st century, it is not enough to leave school with a clutch of examination certificates. Pupils need to have learnt how to be tenacious and resourceful, imaginative and logical, self disciplined and self-aware, collaborative and inquisitive.
A quick look…
Building students learning power is about:
- Helping young people to help themselves become better learners
- Developing students’ learning habits
- Preparing young people for a lifetime of learning
What is the visionary idea based on?
- An extensive body of research into learning and the brain
- Recent research into the key dimensions of learning habits
- Practical trials in schools across the country
- The original pioneering work of Professor Guy Claxton, who acted as programme consultant, and chief inspiration, for TLO’s Building Learning Power programmes
How does it work?
Building students as powerful learners:
- is based on a coherent picture of what it takes to be a good learner
- capitalises on previous learning-to-learn ideas
- grows a student’s learning character and habits
- develops the appetite and ability to learn in different ways
- transforms the culture of the classroom and the climate of the school
- shifts responsibility for learning to learn from the teacher to the learner
- engages teachers and students creatively as researchers in learning
- gives schools the opportunity to track students’ learning development
What effect will developing students learning behaviours have?
- raised achievement
- improved behaviour
- increased motivation
- supple learning minds
- increased enjoyment in learning
- established habits of lifelong learning
- enhanced creativity
For more information, please contact our BLP lead Mr Mawer.