Building Learning Power (BLP) "Our Animals" information for parents

An Introduction to ‘Building Learning Power’

‘Helping young people become better learners’

‘Term on term, year on year, a BLP school breeds young people who are more curious, more willing to take a risk and give it a go, more imaginative, more creative, more thoughtful more ready, willing and able to learn with and through others. It’s developing this adventurous spirit that counts’.

Professor Guy Claxton, originator of BLP


What is Learning Power?

Building Learning Power (BLP) is an approach to learning that we have implemented at Shavington Primary School. This approach 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 of BLP


  • 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


Why are we Building Learning Power?

We believe that BLP is beginning to allow us to develop a common language for learning across the school. The language is used in all classrooms, with all children. This helps everyone talk about understanding learning to learn. We hope that this understanding will begin to spill over into life outside school, where you will be able to reinforce the ideas by encouraging the children to use their learning language in their everyday lives. The idea is that the four dispositions (4 Rs) are like a group of "learning muscles". Just as we can build our physical muscles with the right kind of exercise, learning muscles can also be developed and can grow in strength and stamina. It is these we are aiming to develop in the children.


Click here to see what BLP looks like in Shavington Primary School



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