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Learning Power Heroes


By Raegan Delaney, Leanne Day and Maryl Chambers.
Full of engaging and fun ideas that fly off the page this is destined to become a favourite source of inspiration for all classroom teachers.

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Using the idea of learning heroes – imaginary, famous, family and children themselves – to develop a personal awareness and understanding of learning power in every child and bring curriculum content to life.

Learning Power Heroes shows how four primary schools have embraced BLP by capitalising on every child’s ability to learn by imitation.

The schools have used the idea of learning heroes – imaginary, famous, family and children themselves – to develop a personal awareness and understanding of learning power in every child and bring curriculum content to life.

Full of practical ideas for schools to reflect on and imitate. The four schools featured here are representative of an ever growing number of teachers, learning assistants, learning mentors and local authority staff who are taking part in TLO’s Building Learning Power programmes – getting to grips with the principles of BLP and being encouraged to release their creativity in putting these principles into action in their schools.

Building Learning Power is the only game in town.”
Headteacher, Secondary School

“The children’s learning, our teaching and the classroom environments are drenched in BLP. It is no longer something that we do, it has become part of what we are.”
Headteacher, Primary School

Building Learning Power has re-informed my thoughts about how a good school can become an excellent school.”
Headteacher, Secondary School

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54 pages


TLO Limited






29.2 x 20.6 x 0.4 cm

About the authors

Raegan Delaney

I have been involved in primary education for twenty-two years in this country and overseas as a teacher, a school leader, a consultant partner and most recently a SIP. I am passionate about children’s learning and committed to sharing this with children, other teachers and school leaders.

I have been head teacher of Nayland County Primary School since September 1999. Nayland was a good school when I was appointed and the challenge of taking an already successful school to new heights has been a delicate process. A cultural change that embraces risk-taking for teachers as well as pupils has been a key feature of improvement. In September 2005 OFSTED considered Nayland an outstanding school, describing leadership as ‘outstanding … outward looking and eager to get involved with any new initiatives that have something important to offer the pupils.’

‘Building Learning Power’ has offered all of our children the opportunity to take charge of their own learning and to have fun developing the skills that will keep them learning for life. The balance between the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ of learning has enabled every child, regardless of age or abilities, to feel empowered and grow in confidence, motivation, self-esteem and power!

Maryl Chambers

Maryl Chambers has spearheaded the development of TLO Limited’s Building Learning Power programme, 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.

Leanne day

I began my teaching career in Liverpool where I taught for eleven years, spending eight years as Deputy Headteacher at St. John’s C of E Primary School in Sefton. In 2005 I joined Kent’s Advisory Service as a centrally based Advanced Skills Teacher. In this role I worked in partnership with teachers to develop creative approaches to teaching and learning; a major part of this being the implementation of Building Learning Power. I supported teachers, through modelling and coaching, in actively developing BLP in their classrooms. I went on to lead on the development of BLP, providing support to Advisory Service Teams, School Leadership Teams and teachers through the development of county-wide learning networks and a series of county conferences.

For me BLP has brought a new dimension to teaching and learning. Making learning to learn really explicit seems so obvious now and something I really couldn’t teach without. BLP enables children to find ways for themselves, it gives them confidence to have a go and increases independence. Seeing children take great strides in their learning and being able to explain clearly how they got there is extremely rewarding.