Nascot Wood Infant & Nursery School
Nascot Wood Road
WD17 4YT
Tel:01923 239653
December 21 2016

Building Learning Power

Ben Swain

What are Learning Power?

“An approach to help young people to become better learners both in school and out… it’s about creating a culture that cultivates habits and attitudes that enable young people to face difficulty and uncertainty calmly, confidently and creatively.”
-Professor Guy Claxton, founder of BLP

At Nascot Wood Infant and Nursery School, have started a Building Learning Power journey with the children that will support them in developing the skills needed to become life-long learners. BLP identified seventeen key characteristics which are organised under four main learning power dispositions – Resilience, Resourcefulness, Reflectiveness and Reciprocity.

As a school we identified what we felt were the key learning characteristics, of paramount importance, to young learners and created the 8 mascots who each represent one of the characteristic:

  • Challenge – Cheetah
  • Curiosity – Cat
  • Choice– Chimp
  • Collaboration – Caterpillar 
  • Concentration – Crocodile
  • Creativity – Chameleon
  • Perseverance – Penguin
  • Listening – Ladybird


These characteristics are found throughout all aspects of school life, and are celebrated during a weekly assembly.