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Maryl Chambers – Director of Development and Principal Consultant

Maryl Chambers has spearheaded the development of TLO Limited’s Building Learning Power programmes, helping bring Guy Claxton’s ground-breaking work to schools and teachers. Maryl is one of the founders of TLO, where she has applied her wide experience of designing learning-focused training to creating and developing the innovative programmes for which the company is renowned. She is co-author of many of TLO’s publications and is responsible for creating and writing the Building Learning Power on-line courses.

Steve Watson – Principal Consultant

Steve Watson circleSteve Watson works as Principal Consultant for TLO. He is former Deputy Headteacher of Alderbrook School (Secondary) and co-owner of The Learning Nursery pre-school. Steve’s commitment to radically challenging teaching and learning in a comprehensive school context has made him focus schools on the development of their own language for learning based on Building Learning Power. His strategic yet hands-on approach wins respect and ensures that the vision is realised in practice.

Leanne Day – Principal Consultant

leanne DayLeanne taught  in Liverpool  for 11 years, with 8 of those years as Deputy Headteacher . In 2005 she joined Kent’s Advisory Service as a centrally based Advanced Skills Teacher. Here she  supported teachers in actively developing learning power in their classrooms and went on to develop  county wide learning networks and county conferences.

As a passionate advocate and practitioner of learning power Leanne joined TLO in 2009. She has been instrumental in developing learning power in primary schools across the north of England and has supported several schools to achieve the Gold standard in Learning Quality. In the last two years she led two major research projects ( one in association with NCSL) into the effectiveness of building Learning Power in pupils. Both projects achieved significantly positive results.

Graham Powell – Consultant Emeritus

Graham Powell was formerly a Director and Principal Consultant with TLO and worked closely with Maryl Chambers and Guy Claxton on the creation of Building Learning Power. He retired from the company two years ago but continues to do occasional consultancy work and training on learning, leadership and coaching – for which he has an international reputation. He retains an interest in the company and continues to support and promote our work.

Katie Poole – Web designer and Social Media Co-ordinator

KatieI am a mother of 2 children, aged 6 and 8, and long-time employee and devotee of Building Learning Power. BLP is an integral part of family life and how I encourage my children to learn and experience the world.

My life course has meandered somewhat: primarily science A-levels, an English degree at Oxford, jobs in the real world, then motherhood. I have now been working with Building Learning Power for over ten years, and am a governor at the local Infant school. I am an attentive noticer, but need to work on managing my distractions!


Brian Davies – Graphic Designer

Father of 3 learners 1, 3 and 5 years old. The older two use some of the concepts of BLP in everyday life. It’s part of their language and sense of themselves in the world. ‘Go team!’ plus high fives – when 3 year old and I are working together on something. ‘Dad you’re getting distracted, and haven’t finished the fence yet, you must persevere, and not give-up’ – my 5 year old helpfully reminds me. It’s fascinating to see them all learn and grow and find the concepts helpful as they do so.




Professor Guy Claxton



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