Professional Learning through Building Learning Power

We all know that there is more to education that success in examinations and assessments. At Sacred Heart we want our students to have a Growth Mindset.

This will mean that they are prepared to take risks, ask questions, and use every occasion as a learning opportunity.

They can do this by using the 17 Building Learning Power (BLP) strategies developed by Guy Claxton, outlined here.

It is through developing these traits that students will become more confident, curious and reflective and be able to relate well to others.

These are strategies that can be used both in and out of the classroom and we encourage you to support your daughter in developing a Growth Mindset in all that she does.

BLP is in many schools, both here and overseas, and the change in learning mindsets of both the staff and the students show this to be a very effective way to improve students’ learning outcomes. This concept fits with so much we already have, especially our learning and teaching strategic goals.

  • It fits with our desire to address the learning needs of all.
  • It fits with our appraisal focus of inquiry/trialling /reflection/professional growth.
  • It is very much based on classroom practice.
  • It is not about a huge new programme imposed on teachers and students.
  • It is about tweaks, refinements and building a culture of learning, adding just a little bit more rather than overwhelming us all with a whole lot at once.
  • It is researched based.
  • It provides very digestible background material AND very practical concepts to take into the classroom.
  • It is about future focused learning.
  • Learners (both staff and students) are at the centre of the framework.
  • The learning traits are transferrable into multiple context, not just some subjects or at school alone.
  • It promotes ‘lifelong learning’ as described in the New Zealand curriculum.