Building Learning Power – BLP

At Sheringdale we have been using philosophy of Building Learning power (BLP) to equip our pupils to become better learners. BLP was introduced by Prof. Guy Claxton and has been successfully implemented by many education establishments across the world. Each week we focus on one of the learning skills or muscles that enable pupils to gain the skills to become better learners.

A Big Ambition
Building learning power is about helping young people to become better learners, both in school and out. It is about creating a culture in classrooms – and in the school more widely – that systematically cultivates habits and attitudes that enable young people to face difficulty and uncertainty calmly, confidently and creatively.

Students who are more confident of their own learning ability learn faster and learn better. They concentrate more, think harder and find learning more enjoyable. They do better in their tests and external examinations. And they are easier and more satisfying to teach.

Building Learning Power prepares youngsters better for an uncertain future. Today’s schools need to be educating not just for exam results but for lifelong learning. To thrive in the 21st century, it is not enough to leave school with a clutch of examination certificates. Pupils/students need to have learnt how to be tenacious and resourceful, imaginative and logical, self disciplined and self-aware, collaborative and inquisitive.

Further details on the BLP website:


Learning Power at Sheringdale


Over the last two years at Sheringdale we have been using BLP to develop our learning muscles and support our ‘Low threshold – high ceiling’ approach to teaching and learning. The impact has been immense. The children view themselves as active learners ‘or crew’ rather than passive classroom passengers.
Importantly, we can enjoy the feeling of ‘being stuck’ as we now have the confidence and skills to solve the challenges that learning throws at us.

Kevin Hogston


Guy Claxton training the staff at Sheringdale 21/9/12