Coughton CofE Primary

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Building Learning Power

One of the major developments for our school has been the introduction of Professor Guy Claxton’s pioneering work on helping young people become independent learners. His research suggests that there are four learning dispositions - Resilience, Resourcefulness, Reflectiveness and Reciprocity.

Just as people go to a gym to develop their physical fitness, pupils at Coughton C of E Primary school develop their learning fitness. The four R’s have various ‘learning muscles’ and these learning muscles can be stretched and trained: -

Resilience - being ready, willing and able to lock onto learning
Perseverance, Managing Distractions, Absorption, Noticing

Resourcefulness - being ready, willing and able to learn in different ways
Questioning, Capitalising, Making Links, Reasoning, Imagining

Reflectiveness - being ready, willing and able to become more strategic about learning
Planning, Mete-learning, Distilling, Revising


Reciprocity - being ready, willing and able to learn alone and with others
Imitation, Interdependence, Empathy and Listening, Collaboration


BLP gives the children the tools to talk about themselves as leaners. Every member of staff in every classroom uses this language which gives the children consistency as they move through the school. The children are encouraged to use the learning muscles when they stuck with their learning or to challenge themselves as learners.