The 5 W's of BLP
What are YOUR Learning Muscles?

The 5 W's of BLP

What is Building Learning Power?
  • Building Learning Power is about helping young people to become better learners, both in school and out.

Who came up with the idea?

  • Professor Guy Claxton and his colleagues at the The Learning Organisation
Our BLP rep at SJH is Mr Steven Watson
Steve Watson is the Deputy Headteacher of Alderbrook School and also works part-time as Principal Consultant for TLO. Steve's commitment to radically challenging teaching and learning in a comprehensive school context has made him focus the school on the development of their own language for learning based on Building Learning Power. His strategic yet hands on approach wins respect and ensures that the vision is realised in practice.

Why have we chosen this learning route at Sir John Hunt?

  • To developing a student's portable learning power.
  • To To help young people become better learners.
  • Preparing young people for a lifetime of learning

When did we start embedding BLP at Sir John Hunt?

  • We started to 'recognise' the four learning discipline in September 2011.
  • We have now started to make explicit the BLP learning language in our lessons and 'teach' students how to boost their learning power.

Where will our learning journey take us?

  • A gradual, sometimes challenging but hugely worthwhile process of culture change and habit change by staff and students at Sir John Hunt Community Sports College.

More information can be found here:

If you have any questions or queries about Building Learning Power at Sir John Hunt and the journey we are on, please feel free to ask either myself or one of the team.

Many thanks

Mr J Gardiner



What are YOUR Learning Muscles?

There are 17 Learning Muscles identified within the BLP system. Here is a brief overview of what they are and how you can identify them:


Managing Distractions – I know when I'm distracted and I can control myself.

Persevere – I can keep going especially when the ideas or tasks are difficult.

Absorbed – I am interested and involved in the lesson.

Noticing – I see the details and I am able to remember them as they might be important.


Links – I can make connections and see how things fit together.

Ask Questions – I am not afraid to find out about things and I am happy to try and understand them.

Capitalising – I can think of lots of ways to find out about things to help me solve problems.

Imagining – I can use my imagination to help me understand people's ideas and situations.

Reasoning – I can give reasons and evidence for my thoughts on things.


Meta–Learning – I am aware of how I learn best.

Planning – I can think about what I need to do a task well and how long it will probably take.

Distilling – I can think about things that have happened, remember them and can learn from them.

Revising – I can check what needs to be done and change my mind about how I do it, if I need to.


Collaborate – I can work with others, with respect, and can share ideas.

Interdependence – I know when it's appropriate to learn on my own or with others.

Empathy & Listening – I understand what people mean, how they think and how they feel by listening to them.

Imitation – I can watch and understand how other people think and do things and I can learn from them.