Building Learning Powers


Building Learning Power is an approach to learning to learn.

Lifelong learning is our birth right. We can continually develop our capacity to learn throughout our lives. We are all learners every day of our lives it’s just that sometimes in our busy schedules we can lose sight of this wonderful capacity, worse still we can take it for granted and then assume that our children will just "pick it up!"

Research however is less casual and suggests that there are several dispositions that we need to develop in order to become successful lifelong learners.

Guy Claxton, who has created Building Learning Power, suggests that there are 4 key learning dispositions;


Resilience        Relationships        Reflectiveness         Resourcefulness


These dispositions are inherent in us all. They are not fixed at birth, or when we leave school; they can be developed by everyone regardless of “ability,” social background or age. In fact, ...there are NO limits to extending our learning power! How empowering is that? How liberating? How exciting?

We can think of these dispositions as being like groups of "learning muscles." Just as we can build our physical muscles with the right kinds of exercise, so we can exercise our learning muscles to develop their strength and stamina. Each of these dispositions is made up of a number of learning powers. These are as follows:

  • Listening
  • Collaboration
  • Absorption
  • Questioning
  • Perseverance
  • Noticing
  • Resourcefulness
  • Empathy
  • Making Links
  • Initiative
  • Imitation
  • Revising
  • Imagining
  • Capitalising
  • Resilience
  • Reflectiveness
  • Managing Distractions
  • Planning
  • Reasoning


Curious about lifelong learning? Passionate about helping your child to become more self-aware as learners, to develop habits of a successful learner and to appreciate that they can continually improve those habits?

We are! What’s more, TOGETHER we can generate Portable Learning Power so that your child has the ability to learn what they need to in whatever circumstances they may find themselves. Here at The Arches we celebrate, model and encourage children to use their learning powers to become successful, lifelong learners.