Tony Gurr

Building LEARNing Power…

In Classroom Teaching, Curriculum on 06/04/2011 at 9:20 am

A couple of you have been in touch asking for more details on the work of Guy Claxton (maybe it’s time I asked him for some commission)!

This is a link to the details of  “new 4R’s” that I have been talking about a lot – of late. I hope this answers some of your question – but there is more


Guy’s Building Learning Power programme is a great example of a principle-based, systematic and innovative programme imagineered to help “little people” become better learners and support teachers better prepare them for a career in “lifetime learning” – and become even more effective “big people”.

This is a video that shows Guy “in action” – and also a series of interviews and videos from teachers and principals that have been involved in his BLP programme.

To be honest, many of the ideas are also useful to those of you in universities – and can be adapted to fill the “vacuum” that has been created by high school!

You can, and I would recommend this strongly, also sign up for his “BLP Share” site here.

The BLP programme is, in essence, a very simple idea – and is based on three beliefs (remember what we have said about the power of our beliefs and the need for a “living” educational philosophy):

  • BLP believes that the core purpose of education is to prepare young people for life after school; helping them to build up the mental, emotional, social and strategic resources to enjoy challenge and cope well with uncertainty and complexity
  • BLP believes that this purpose for education is valuable for all young people and involves helping them to discover the things that they would really love to be great at, and strengthening their will and skill to pursue them.
  • This confidence, capability and passion can be developed since real-world intelligence is something that people can be helped to build up.


If you can “relate” to these beliefs, this programme is one you need to learn more about – then perhaps you and your colleagues can “be the change you want to see in your school”.

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