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Building Learning Power

Here at Newhall Park we are on a journey to grow our ‘Learning Power’.  What this really means is that we are all learning to be better learners.


Lifelong learning and the development of independent learners is an objective for all schools.  The idea is that we move away from children and adults giving in too easily and develop their ability to persist at a problem so they can find alternative solutions.


Newhall Park follows Professor Guy Claxton’s work on Building Learning Power (BLP).  This work follows the belief that there are four key learning dispositions:

Resilience (Emotional)

Resourcefulness (Cognitive)

Reflectiveness (Strategic)

Reciprocity (Social)

These are usually referred to as the new four R’s of learning.  Each of these four areas of learning comprises a number of areas of learning which we call muscles

We are teaching the children about these learning muscles and the fact we can exercise them to develop their strength and stamina. 


We are using BLP to develop a common language for talking about our learning as this will help everyone develop their understanding of how we learn.   It will also help the children explain how they have achieved or approached a learning activity.



The key parts of this learning disposition are perseverance, noticing, managing distractions and absorption.

The children will learn how to stay engaged in a task, the importance of never giving up and the benefits of learning when getting unstuck.



The key parts of this learning disposition are questioning, capitalising, making links and reasoning & imagining.

The children will develop their ability to ask and answer questions, use resources to help them develop their learning, make links between the different areas of their learning and use their imaginations.



The key parts of this learning disposition are planning, meta-learning, distilling and revising. 

The children will learn how and why they learn and will be encouraged to regularly look back at their learning to see whether they have made progress against their individual objectives.  They will be asked about future areas for improvement.



The key parts of this learning disposition are imitation, interdependence, empathy and listening & collaboration.

The children will learn how, why and when it is best to learn on their own, with a partner or within a group and develop the skills they need to be a valuable member of a learning community.

The Building Learning Power skills and behaviours run through the different curriculum areas because they are the 'golden threads' that hold our whole curriculum together.