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Teaching for Better Learning

A day workshop for classroom practitioners, exploring the practical aspects of learning friendly classroom cultures which develop powerful learners. 

The workshop is designed for a network, cluster or chain of schools  that is considering putting the development of learning at the heart of the schools’ approach to education. The day can also be run as an open event for schools in a locality. We advise that at least two members of the school’s senior leadership team attend.

Few teachers these days would argue against the importance of developing children’s learning behaviours (or powers, or characteristics, or habits, or whatever your word may be), because such behaviours enable them to become better learners. But acknowledging their importance and actually using them to shape the classroom environments are two very different things.

The Teaching for Better Learning workshop aims to introduce classroom teachers to some of the many aspects of building pupils’  learning habits; helping pupils to be more independent, to relish being stuck, learn well as part of a team, and to feel safe to make mistakes.

Find out 

  • Which learning behaviours are considered to be highest value
  • What this really means for the classroom teacher
  • What learning friendly classroom cultures look and feel like. 
  • How teachers can make a start on shifting cultures to build pupils’ learning behaviours. 


  • What your pupils think about learning
  • A variety of functions that flow from a rich language of learning 
  • What learning powered learners do differently
  • Growing of perseverance: the what and how

Morning session:

  • What’s different about learning powered classrooms?
  • How do teachers rethink their craft?
  • What do learning power pupils do differently?

Afternoon session:

  • The growth of learning behaviours
  • Key ways of helping pupils to ‘unstick’ themselves
  • Assessing the ‘learning friendliness’ of classroom practice

What we will provide

Prior to the session

  • Participants will have access to a range of introductory resources to think about and trial before the session. The results of such trials will be shared during the session

For the session

  • A copy of Learning to Learn – the Fourth Generation for each participant
  • A facilitator with experience in both senior leadership and learning power practice

After the session

  •  Online access to a range of resources used during the session.

The depth and challenge of what is involved in building pupils’ learning power is widely underestimated. It has to be viewed as a slow, sometimes difficult but hugely worthwhile process of culture change in schools and habit change by teachers. This workshop will give a view of this journey and why it is so worthwhile to embark upon.