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Building Learning Power

"Term on term, year on year, a BLP school breeds young people who are more curious, more willing to take a risk and give it a go, more imaginative, more creative, more thoughtful, more ready, willing and able to learn with and through others. It’s developing this adventurous spirit that counts."

Professor Guy Claxton, originator of BLP 


Resilience (being like an elephant!)
  • Demonstrate/model sticking at things even if they are difficult

  • Talk about how you feel when you are taking on challenges

  • Praise your child when they persevere but also encourage them to take a break when  they have had enough

  • Help them to find interests and activities that are really absorbing

  • Talk with them about what helps them to concentrate and manage distractions


Resourcefulness (being like an octopus!)
  • Encourage questions

  • Demonstrate making links between different ideas

  • Don’t allow your child’s imagination to shrivel up!

  • Help them to find ways of using resources such as reference books, dictionaries, the Internet


Reflectiveness (being like an owl!)
  • Encourage them to take responsibility for preparing for school

  • Ask not what they did at school, but what they learned

  • Help them to think about, and plan, activities

  • Encourage flexibility and the ability to change a plan when necessary


Reciprocity (being like a bear!)
  • Demonstrate/model being a good learner

  • Work, play and learn alongside your children, enabling them to pick up good habits through imitation

  • Make expectations of turn-taking and cooperation clear

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