The Learning Power Approach (LPA)

The New Framework for the 21st Century

  • Finding the true purpose of education

  • Building strong and supple minds

  • Moving beyond mark-driven performance

  • Results – the right way! Teaching that boosts achievement and builds epistemic character

Good results and getting into university are not enough. This ground-breaking course will give you the framework and tools to take you to real and meaningful learning.

Identifying the middle way, taking the best from the traditional and progressive ways of teaching

  • Distilled pioneering approaches to teaching

  • Draw on a wide range of cognitive, social and neuroscientific research

  • Examples and techniques drawn from:

    • Expeditionary learning

    • Cultures of thinking

    • Studio learning

    • Habits of mind

    • Building learning power

The design principles for developing a high-achieving, independent mindset:

  • Clarify the difference between Learning Mode and Performance Mode

  • Design activities that strengthen learning power

  • Why it is important to talk subjunctive rather than declarative

  • How to lay out your classroom, and what you should put on your walls

Developing ‘world-class’ schools

  • Build character

  • Focus deliberately, systematically, effectively and demonstrably on building ‘learning character’ alongside the acquisition of knowledge and the pursuit of grades

  • Enable students to choose, design, research, trouble-shoot and evaluate learning for themselves

  • Powerful alterations to atmospheres in the classroom

Infuse the development of learning power into every single lesson.

09:40 - 10:40

The Learning Power Approach


- Why good results and getting into university are not enough - How to get beyond the phony war between traditional and progressive methods - Why formative assessment and other current methods fail the 21st-century test - The fundamental assumptions that underpin genuinely 21st-century learning and teaching

By Professor Guy Claxton


11:00 - 12:00

The New Elements of the Learning Power Approach


- The Four Modes of Mind you meet in the classroom, and how to engage with them - The new elements of learning power, and how to introduce them to your students

By Professor Guy Claxton


13:00 - 14:00

The Learning Power in Action, Primary and Secondary


- A chance to unpick the Learning Power Approach in both a Primary and Secondary context.

By Professor Guy Claxton


14:15 - 15:15

Getting Learning Power off the Ground


- Simple seeds and quick wins for getting learning power off the ground - Unpick the design principles for 21st-century teaching that lead to high-achieving independent learners - Discover what responsibilities you should give to your learners - Evaluate whether or not what you are doing is working

By Professor Guy Claxton


15:25 - 15:45

Questions to Speakers



By Professor Guy Claxton, Graham Powell, Maryam Seedat