Creating a Whole School Learning Culture

In a rapidly changing world, where we are experiencing an information revolution, schools can be sure of one thing: the need to help children become the best learners and thinkers they can be. Google can help children find out and research lots of information but it cannot help them develop the skills and dispositions that a good learner and thinker needs. Being creative, on the other hand, will allow children to solve problems and utilise opportunities when they enter the world of work in 10-15 years’ time, even though these problems or opportunities do not currently exist.

It is vital that teachers understand the latest research on learning and motivation and that schools develop a common language to describe and talk about learning. Over time Jonathan has developed and shaped a common language for learning called the nine elements of learning. These are nine skills, attitudes and attributes that every learner needs and they reflect recent research on learning and thinking.

The elements are:

• Resilience

• Teamwork

• Independence

• Planning Learning

• Reflection

• Creativity

• Motivation

• Making Links

• Curiosity

Jonathan has produced detailed descriptors and ideas and activities for developing and embedding these elements of learning in a school. He has successfully worked with a number of schools to develop and personalise this model to create learners who are equipped for life in the 21st century.

Jonathan is happy to run whole school INSET days on developing learning culture and introducing the nine elements of learning as a whole school language for learning. Please contact us for more details or to discuss your requirements.

Please see the Whole School INSET page for some one day INSET packages on learning that are available.

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