Building Learning Habits


At Handsworth Grammar School, we call our approach to Learning and Teaching ‘Building Learning Habits’.

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Building Learning Habits is about:

  • Helping young people to become better learners
  • Developing their portable learning power
  • Preparing young people for a lifetime of learning

What is BLH based on?

  • An extensive body of research into learning and the brain
  • Recent research into the key dimensions of learning power
  • Practical trials in schools across the country
  • The pioneering work of Professor Guy Claxton in ‘Building Learning Power’

How does it work?

Building Learning Habits:

  • provides a coherent picture of what it takes to be a good learner
  • grows a student’s learning character and habits
  • develops the appetite and ability to learn in different ways
  • transforms the culture of the classroom and the climate of the school
  • shifts responsibility for learning to learn from the teacher to the learner
  • engages teachers and students creatively as researchers in learning

What effect will BLH have?

  • raised achievement
  • increased motivation
  • supple learning minds
  • increased enjoyment in learning
  • established habits of lifelong learning
  • enhanced creativity