What does BLP - Building Learning Power - mean?


Building Learning Power (BLP) is about helping young people become better learners, both in school and out. It is about creating a climate that cultivates habits and attitudes that enable young people to face difficulty and uncertainty calmly, confidently and creatively. Pupils who are more confident of their own learning ability, learn faster and learn better. They concentrate more, think harder and find learning more enjoyable.


The BLP approach was created by Professor Guy Claxton and is based on the idea that everyone has a personal 'disposition' (habits and attitudes) towards learning and we are all capable of becoming better learners. It is not an instant programme but it takes root and develops over time. How well you learn is not a matter of how bright you are. It is a matter of experience and good coaching. Being a good real-life learner means knowing what is worth learning, what you are good (or not so good) at learning, who can help, how to face confusion without getting upset and what is the best learning tool for the job at hand.


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 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.

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