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What is Learning Power?

Building Learning Power (BLP) is an approach to learning that we have begun to implement at Higham Ferrers Junior 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.

At HFJS, our school ethos is one of striving to be the best we can be. BLP allows us to nurture this ethos and build the children’s learning power through a variety of strategies and techniques.

Key Principles of Building Learning Powers

  • 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

What are the ‘Building Learning Powers’ we are working on?

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- –being able to learn with and from others, as well as on your own.

These dispositions are then split into seventeen learning ‘muscles’ that the children are encouraged to ‘stretch’ within their everyday lessons and activities and apply to different aspects of their learning. 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. We have given ourselves three ‘muscles’ to work on this year: Perseverance, Collaboration and Questioning.

Please find below posters on the 4 Learning Dispositions and ways that you can help support this learning at home.


Main Contact

The name, postal address and telephone number of the school, and the name of a person to whom enquiries should be addressed is:

Higham Ferrers Junior School,
Saffron Road,
Higham Ferrers,
Rushden, Northants.
NN10 8ED


Head Teacher

Mrs V Bull

Tel: 01933 312748

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