Building Learning Power

At Hampden Gurney we are passionately dedicated to our pupils becoming the best that they can possibly be. We believe that an ethos of 'Building Learning Power' enables all children, regardless of ability, to achieve their best.

"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

Building Learning Power is an approach to learning to learn

Lifelong learning is our birth right. We can continually develop our capacity to learn throughout our lives. We are all learners every day of our lives it’s just that sometimes in our busy schedules we can lose sight of this wonderful capacity, worse still we can take it for granted and then assume that our children will just "pick it up"!

The 4 Learning Dispositions

1. RESILIENCE being ready, willing and able to LOCK ON TO LEARNING

  • Absorption Learning Muscle; you become engrossed in what you are doing; you are unaware of time passing
  • Managing Distraction Learning Muscle; you know what distracts you, you try to minimise distractions, you settle back quickly after an interruption
  • Noticing Learning Muscle; you notice how things look, what they are made of, or how they behave, you can identify significant detail
  • Perseverance Learning Muscle; you are not put off by being stuck, you keep on going despite difficulties and find ways to overcome them, you recognise that learning can be a struggle

2. REFLECTIVENESS being ready, willing and able to become MORE STRATEGIC ABOUT LEARNING

  • Planning Learning Muscle; you think about what you want to get out of learning, you plan the steps you might take, you access which resources you may need
  • Revising Learning Muscle; you are ready to revise your plans as you go along, monitor how things are going, change your plans when you've had a better idea
  • Distilling Learning Muscle; you mull over experiences, draw out useful lessons from experiences, think about where else you might use these lessons
  • Meta-Learning Muscle; you are interested in how you learn as an individual, know your strengths and weaknesses as a learner, are interested in becoming a better learner

3. RESOURCEFULNESS being ready, willing and able to LEARN IN DIFFERENT WAYS

  • Questioning Learning Muscle; you are curious about things and people, you often wonder why, you play with ideas, asking "How come?" and "What if?"
  • Making Links Learning Muscle; you look for connections between experiences or ideas, you find pleasure in seeing how things fit together, you make patterns
  • Imagining Learning Muscle; you picture how things might look, sound, feel, be; you let your mind explore and play with possibilities and ideas
  • Reasoning Learning Muscle; you create logical arguments, you deduce what might happen, you look for evidence

4. RECIPROCITY being ready, willing and able to LEARN ALONE AND WITH OTHERS

  • Interdependence Learning Muscle; you know how much interaction you need with others to assist your learning, you make informed choices about working on your own or with others
  • Collaboration Learning Muscle; you manage your feelings when working with others, you understand the ground rules of team work, you are able to work effectively as part of a pair or team
  • Empathy and Listening Learning Muscle; you put yourself in other people's shoes to see the world from their point of view, show you are listening by eye contact and body language, hear feelings and thoughts behind someone's words
  • Imitation Learning Muscle; you are ready to learn from others, notice the approach and detail of how others do things