Building Learning Power is an approach to helping young people to become better learners, both in school and out.”
Professor Guy Claxton
What do we mean by that?
There are some core beliefs that underpin this focus.The first is that the core purpose of education is to prepare young people for life after school; to get them ready, as Art Costa, an American educator with similar views, says;
Not just for a life of tests, but for the tests of life.”
Professor Art Costa
This means helping them build up the mental, emotional, and social resources to enjoy challenge and cope well with uncertainty and complexity. Of course, this has to be done in a way that also develops literacy and numeracy, and gets young people the best test results possible.
This is the challenge that learning powered schools are prepared to take up.
A spirit of resourcefulness and resilience
Learning Powered schools aim to build that spirit of resilience and resourcefulness in all their students.
Confident in a changing world
That is the lack that Building Learning Power aims to put right.We believe that all young people are capable of developing this confidence, capability, and passion. We think that our society’s notion of ‘ability’ has been too closely tied to academic achievement, and to the assumption that some youngsters have got a lot of that sort of ability, and some not very much. We think that real-world intelligence is broader than that, and that it is not fixed at birth, but something that people can be helped to build up.
The aim of Building Learning Power is to generate and broadcast practical ideas about how to expand real-world intelligence more and more effectively.
Intelligence is learnable
BLP is vital, difficult and do-able