Building Learning Power

At St Ippolyts School we follow the principles of Guy Claxton’s ‘Building Learning Power’ (BLP) approach.

Building Learning Power (BLP) is exactly what it suggests.  It relates to the characteristics of effective learning, to our self-awareness as learners and our ability to ‘learn to learn’ and to continue to build our learning skills.  It develops the knowledge that we can continually improve how we learn regardless of age, situation, gender or any other false boundary that tries to hinder our progress.  in school we often refer to it as practising using a muscle to develop strength, the ‘learning muscles’.

BLP gives us a common language to talk about learning and help us make explicit the various skills that enable us to learn.

In a quickly changing world, it is no longer enough to teach our children facts or chunks of knowledge alone.  Instead we need to give them the skills they need to face challenges, solve problems, develop resilience and to interact with others.  At St Ippolyts School we believe in giving our children these skills, teaching how to learn alongside the necessary academic, physical and social skills.

The four Learning Powers are

  • Resilience
  • Resourcefulness
  • Reflectiveness
  • Reciprocity (which we are calling ‘Relationships’)

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