Enhancing our understanding of how we learn and sharing a common language of learning brings together the Challoner’s community in our goal of developing our learning. ‘Building Learning Power’ (BLP) is based upon individual student’s learning habits and last week Year 7 boys were involved in an induction programme, the first of a series of activities and challenges to help emphasise and improve their awareness of their learning.

Students participated in an interactive two hour induction session completing a series of innovative and exciting tasks. This introduced them to a range of learning habits and they began to frame their own criteria for what constitutes success at Challoner’s. Having watched their teachers complete a task under pressure, students identified the different learning habits displayed and then had the opportunity to practise their own learning skills by completing an invention challenge. Ingenious solutions followed and students were able to identify the skills of interdependence and collaboration, empathy and listening, planning, taking responsible risks and using humour and amazement to complete the challenge.

The sessions were delivered by staff assisted by students Gregor Wallace and Jack Morgan, who have received training in the BLP initiative. Students have played a major role thus far and will continue to do so as the student body as a whole becomes increasingly aware of this valuable tool to help them become successful life-long learners.