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Building Learning Habits: Training course start

Who for? Schools new to Learning Power.
When? Two days training: in-service days not required.
What for? Introduce building powerful learners to the school, equipping them to use the accompanying online materials. 
Two Face-to-face training days: Initial workshops that prepare lead practitioners to lead development across the school
AND … Online programme:  Learning Habits in a Nutshell for all staff, containing a good year’s worth of content.

Benefits of this blended learning programme for the school

Our core programmes are guided by best practice thinking in professional development.  This means we blend online information with in-school learning teams. Our researched information comes to you online. You  discuss and explore it in learning teams across the school. Teachers then plan, use and share the changes they want to make in their classrooms. This way of learning together organises a consistent school-wide approach to developing students’ learning behaviours and:

  • Shifts the culture of the school to becoming more learning friendly
  • Focuses learning teams on a gradual change process
  • Builds expertise right across the school
  • Ensures the school STARTS and STAYS on a proven right track
  • Ensures you build better learners RIGHT not LITE
  • Organises professional development activities throughout a year
  • Scaffolds in-house training, saving cover costs for external courses
  • Has a far greater impact on classroom practice than traditional staff development activity.

The blended programme includes; 

Two initial workshops that prepare lead practitioners to lead development across the school


  • What we know and believe about learning
  • The need to build students’ learning habits
  • The learning habits of successful learners
  • Learning friendly classroom cultures
  • Learning focused teaching that:
    • moves responsibility for learning to students;
    • makes learning the object of discussion;
    • makes learning the object of learning;
    • makes learning the object of celebration;
  • How to set up a learning enquiry
  • The nature and function of the forthcoming online information.

These two days give best results when organised a few weeks apart. To ensure ease of transfer of the ideas through the online modules (see below) we recommend at least eight staff attend from the school.


Book bundle

One copy per participant of …

Building Learning Power

Learning to Learning – The fourth generation

Resource book of materials for each of the training days

Learning Habits in a Nutshell, online training package

The online material is designed to be used by individual teachers and in-school teams. Used as an isolated online course it will have a limited effect in the school. Used in conjunction with learning teams it will effectively support a coherent and consistent impact on classroom practice

Teachers are requested to peruse the selected material and prepare their thoughts before attending a team meeting. Teams may be departmental teams or voluntary teacher learning community type teams. Such teams are facilitated by learning champions who have attended the two day training (see above). They act as coaches, supporting  colleagues through the development of action plans (to try out the ideas), making note of  the impact and sharing this information at the next team meeting. The point here is to support teachers in putting these practical ideas rapidly into classroom use.

The benefits

Nutshell module content provides:

  • useful examples of proven classroom material relevant to all curriculum areas
  • descriptions what each well-formed learning habit looks like
  • understanding of a common language for learning across the school
  • opportunities for teachers to generate their own ideas and teaching material 
  • analysis tools to help teachers estimate their current learning cultures
  • a range of success criteria to keep a lookout for

Staff benefits

Nutshell modules plus learning teamwork ensure that  teachers:

  • become enthusiastic leaders of their students learning
  • are committed to approaches that are relevant, worthwhile and manageable
  • can adopt learning behaviours at their own pace
  • adapt their classroom climate to encourage learning habit formation
  • adapt their lesson designs to ensure effective use of learning habits
  • engage students to reflect on their use of learning habits
  • experience and share in the rapid impact this approach has on their students’ learning and engagement
  • enjoy their teaching even more

And students?

  • find classroom activities engaging and interesting
  • understand how best to learn and become leaders of their own learning
  • become less dependent on their teachers to provide them with answers and solutions
  • are better equipped for examinations as well as the challenges they will meet after school
  • become more self-aware as learners
  • become more independent as learners
  • increase their motivation and enjoyment
  • develop learning habits for life….if you keep this way of working going.

The Nutshell modules

There are fifteen modules in total: the first module Strategic issues and coaching notes is designed to guide team leaders and senior leaders in making best use of the materials. The second module The culture of Building Learning Power  introduces teachers to the idea of learning friendly cultures and helps them to analyse their current classroom culture. The following 12 modules each cover one of the twelve essential learning behaviours and can be undertaken in any order. Teams might start with those learning behaviours that fit particularly snugly with their subject before extending the range of behaviours as they gain confidence. The final module provides teachers and the school with ways of assessing the progress made to date.

Each module follows the same easy-to-follow format, aiding common understanding and common approaches looking at:

  • Classroom climate – routines, relationships and values
  • Teaching for learning – practical activities to build learning into classroom tasks
  • Teacher talk – using the  learning language to nudge progress

This blended learning programme will enable the school to make a significant coherent start on building their students’ learning behaviours. 


The culture of
Building Learning

Making learning visible


Strategic issues
and coaching notes


Building Making Links


Building Imagining


Building Resourcing


Building Me-Learning


Building Noticing

collaboration blobby man

Building Collaboration


Building Questioning


Building Perseverance


Building Planning


Building Listening


Building Revising


Building Reasoning


2000px-Magnifying_glass_icon_mgx2.svg Reviewing our progress


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