Building Learning Power- Our Animal learning Muscles
‘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.
What BLP looks like at Shavington Primary School
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 or relationships - being able to learn with and from others, as well as on your own.