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Building Learning Power (BLP)


Research, by Professor Guy Claxton, suggests there are four qualities that we need to develop to become successful lifelong learners: resourcefulness, reciprocity/relationships, being reflective and resilience.   Lifelong learning is our birth right.  We continue to develop our capacity for learning in new and challenging circumstances throughout our lives. Claxton suggests we think of these qualities like groups of ‘learning muscles’ in our brains and, with the right kind of exercise, we can build these to become successful lifelong learners.

Visible Learning means an enhanced role for teachers as they become evaluators of their own teaching. According to John Hattie Visible Learning and Teaching occurs when teachers see learning through the eyes of students and help them become their own teachers.


The purpose of visible learning / Building Learning Power is to give pupils and staff (and parents) the tools to articulate what good learning looks like. In order to do this, the four qualities highlighted above are presented to children in terms of four distinctive characters: Sensible Squirrel, Team Ant, Wise Owl and Tough Tortoise.   Children are encouraged to recognise the characteristics of these characters in themselves when they are learning, as outlined below:



Journey togetherGuided by GodTo do the best we can