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Getting the Culture Right for Growing Great Learners


Come to see and hear how one school grows curious, independent and resilient learners.

Brighton, Thurs 29th June 2017

Second and subsequent places each cost £105 (plus VAT)

How can you move away from ‘spoon-fed’ pupils to engaged, independent learners? Research shows that, all too often, children’s curiosity and independence as learners diminish even after a short time in school. How can we sustain and strengthen those vital learning qualities? Is ‘good teaching’ or even ‘outstanding teaching’ enough? Research suggests not. But there are ways of teaching that work well to keep real learning alive and growing.

Come to see and hear how one school grows curious, independent and resilient learners. You are invited to a day on showcasing Learning Power, hosted by Patcham Infant School and TLO, on 29th June 2017.

Patcham Infant School has focused on the fact that we can all learn to become better learners. Their pupils know this, and staff and pupils work together at developing robust habits of learning, using Learning Power. They have succeeded in blending the EYFS framework with strong teaching habits which celebrate challenge and curiosity, developing a really rich learning culture in their school in which independent, engaged learners grow and grow.

During the day, an in-depth tour of the school will show you what learning power actually looks and feels like in a live setting; and presentations and workshops by Headteacher Chris Taylor, Deputy Headteacher Helen Hawkins, and learning power consultant Maryl Chambers will explore how you can apply their techniques in your school.

We look forward to meeting you on the day.

Teachers are increasingly concerned to grow learners who can think and learn for themselves, and reflect on their own learning.

There are plenty of ways of addressing this, and plenty of buzzwords — grit, growth mindset, character education, etc. But how do you make it stick? What transforms these into something that will take root and grow in pupils’ minds and hearts?

The answer is classroom culture: the routines you habitualise, the things you say, the way you coach, the effort you celebrate. How can you focus and strengthen all these aspects to grow really powerful learners?

Patcham Infant School was ticking along nicely. On their website, like so many good infant schools, they professed to embracing curiosity and celebrating challenge. ‘Outstanding’ according to Ofsted, they might well have been lulled into thinking ‘What we’re doing is working, so why change?’. But headteacher Chris Taylor had seen the impact of developing strong learning habits in children in a previous school. So two years ago they set out on building pupils’ learning habits, creating together a deeper understanding of learning.

The school has taken its time, so that the discoveries they make about learning can feed into the practice of all their staff: how they relate to learning and learners, how they construct activities, how they talk about learning and how they celebrate it. Learning — how it happens and how it grows — has become deeply embedded in the school’s culture. To ensure that real learning is continuing to grow, staff track and plot children’s understanding of their learning three times a year. They have even used their exploration of learning in writing their school vision, ‘Powerful Learning for Life’.

Staff at Patcham know that growing children’s learning power isn’t merely a slogan, it does actually work. Come and see how they have done it, explore the principles around it, and talk with the pupils undertaking this wonderful challenge.

Outline Programme




Welcome & introduction

Chris Taylor, Headteacher, Patcham Infant School 


The What of learning-friendly cultures

Maryl Chambers, Development Director, TLO


Practical sessions

 Group 1 – Explore and learn in Year 1

Find how enhancing learning behaviours blends with Early Years philosophy, while meeting the demands of the KS1 curriculum

Group 2 – ‘Looking for Learning’ walk

Spend time observing and questioning children to see how learning capacities can be grown across EYFS and Key Stage 1


How children explore and learn

Unlocking the BLP framework to boost the Creative Curriculum.
Chris Taylor and Helen Hawkins




Repeat of practical sessions with groups swapped


Questions and some answers




Collaborative activities in Year 2

Watch, and join in with, children taking part in activities designed to stretch their learning capacities


What have we found out?

Discussion and review




Patcham Infant School,
42 Highview Ave S,