When children learn how to learn their enthusiasm for learning is a joy to behold, their achievement levels rise and behaviour is simply not an issue. As learning how to learn re-establishes its rightful place in the primary curriculum, schools are relishing the opportunity to rebalance traditional content acquisition with the development of pupils’ learning habits.
Building Better Learners is a blended package of learning resources and consultancy support, offering schools an affordable, guided, do-it-yourself start to developing pupils’ learning habits. This package allows the school to build expertise through an in-house professional learning programme. You can learn your way forward, working at your own pace, and save yourself the cover costs often incurred by externally led training days. Use of these materials will secure the early development of pupils’ learning habits right across the school, and create a common language for learning. The materials and consultancy ensure staff:
- feel confident that the approach is relevant, worthwhile and manageable.
- base their own development on a self-review.
- introduce key learning habits into classrooms.
- experience and share success in the approach quickly.
- observe the growth of pupils’ learning capacities.
- enjoy their teaching more.
And pupils make a confident flying start in becoming independent learners!
We all learn in different ways so the pack contains books, film clips, animations, and classroom practice resources to help everyone get to grips with the philosophy and practice of building pupils’ learning habits.
The content ideas are drawn from the well-respected learning-how-to-learn framework created by Professor Guy Claxton. This framework incorporates the emotional, social, cognitive and personal responsibility aspects of learning. As such it is all-embracing and fits snugly with SEAL and Assessment for Learning.
Consultancy support is included in the package. However, if a minimum of four schools wish to join together the consultancy support can become two days’ training for in-school learning champions. This helps schools to plan the use of the materials to best effect. This way of using the consultancy support has worked well in Milton Keynes and Bradford. Please contact TLO for more details.
The important things
This blended pack of resources enables the school to
- Introduce a research-based approach to learning across the school
- Establish a common language for learning
- Use a character-based approach to learning to give coherence to the curriculum
- Feel confident that their plan for developing pupil learning is robust and soundly based.
- Build the learning capacity of staff
Embarking on a carefully scaffolded do-it-yourself school development project means that staff will:
- Grow in confidence as they become learning coaches
- Assist each other in re-balancing the curriculum
- Learn at their own pace, based on their readiness to learn
- Save hours of time on designing learning activities
- Learn from what other teachers have done
- Feel ready to deepen the approach having had success in the early stages
Our experience across the country shows that by using these materials pupils will
- Quickly develop a learning vocabulary
- Come to understand themselves as learners
- Be able to stick at things even when they are difficult
- Work more collaboratively with their peers
- Become more flexible learners; monitoring what they are doing and changing tack if necessary
- Take a questioning approach to learning - wanting to explore the why’s and wherefores
- Enjoy their learning and
- Become more independent as learners
Yes! It really does happen.
The treasure chest of Building Better Learners is made up of a range of resources.
Books – Offering a reservoir of information and ideas on the what, why and how of learning power
|Building Learning Power |
by Professor Guy Claxton
|Learning Power Heroes |
By Raegan Delaney & Leanne Day
Full of practical ideas from schools
|Building Learning Power in Action |
By Sarah Gornall, Maryl Chambers and Guy Claxton
Practical ideas for all the learning capacities
|Building 101 ways to Learning Power |
By Maryl Chambers, Graham Powell and Guy Claxton
Helping teachers make a step change in their practice
|Learning to Learn – the Fourth Generation |
By Guy Claxton
A canter through previous Learning to Learn ideas, and the important step change into the fourth generation approach in helping young people become better learners
|The Learning Powered School |
by Guy Claxton, Maryl Chambers, Graham Powell and Bill Lucas
An inspirational new must-read book
|At a Glance Cards (series 2) |
A set of five cards which explain the five of the Learning Power capacities, together with practical examples of classroom practice.
|Four sets of five posters to assist classroom displays.|
The materials on the CD-ROM will help the school to
- Introduce and
the early stages of a dynamic approach to learning and teaching: where teachers become learning coaches and pupils become self aware and independent learners.
Illustrations of learning-how-to-learn in action are drawn from schools across England and Wales where learning power has been thoroughly infused into the curriculum and is having a transforming effect on pupils’ demeanour, behaviour and achievement.
Section 1 Making the most of the materials – covers the purpose, content and use of the pack.
Section 2 Why build learning power?
Materials in this section have been drawn together to help build a picture of:
- What learning power is about
- Why the development of learning power is important in 21st century learning
- How pupils’ understanding of their own learning power benefits them and their learning
- How the philosophy and practice of learning power blends with and makes sense of SEAL, AfL and the primary curriculum
- How building learning power is an underlying BIG IDEA that brings coherence to the curriculum and its delivery.
This section contains
- The Supple Learning Mind – statements describing the learning-powered learner
- The Teacher’s Palette – statements describing how teachers build learning power
- Introduce staff to key aspects of learning power
- Offer examples of how these key aspects of learning might be introduced to pupils
- Encourage staff to try things out in their classrooms, observe what happens and note the impact on pupils (mini learning enquiries)
- Share and learn from each other’s experiments
- Consider further development based on shared knowledge of new practice
- To help you make the most of the materials
- To assist you in analysing your data on current practice and plan your way forward
- To discuss the approach with staff, based on their analysis of practice
- To deliver one of the CPD units
- To discuss where next
Section 3 Finding out where you are now Contains suggestions as to how you might organise a learning review across the school together with two review tools.
Section 4 Learning your way forward – resources to help the school clarify what needs to be done in starting the journey to becoming a learning-powered school. It includes details of one school’s journey and a series of questions that will help steer the school forward.
Section 5 Professional Learning – twelve CPD units designed to:
The units are designed to scaffold, steer and model good practice in professional development.
Each unit can be used either with the whole staff or a group of staff. Some will be useful for governors too. Each takes about 45 minutes to an hour, but they can be combined and sequenced to fit the school’s needs.
Each unit has a scaffolding Powerpoint presentation, complete tutor guidance notes, and resource materials. There is enough material for a whole year’s CPD.
Section 6 Classroom Activities – a wide range of classroom-based activities that will help teachers to introduce and embed the four learning capacities introduced in the CPD units. These include specially written stories for younger children, starter activities and longer stretching activities. There are animations which capture the essence of learning capacities and progression statements that explain what you are trying to develop in young learners. A wealth of material for teachers and pupils to play with and enjoy.
Section 7 Where to next? This short section offers ways of thinking about the next strategic moves in the school’s learning journey. The ideas are distilled from the experiences and reflections of schools who have enjoyed success in building learning power across the school.
Building Better Learners includes a half-day consultancy visit to the school.
The visit can be used in several ways; for example
A Learning Power coach is assigned to the school when you order Building Better Learners and will contact the school to arrange a visit, about a week after the materials have been despatched.