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The Learning Power Approach: Teaching Learners to Teach Themselves

Kuala Lumpur: 24th & 25th February 2018: 8:30am to 3:00pm Target audience: K12


Everyone knows what the Holy Grail of education is: schools and classrooms that help all students get the best grades they can AND build genuinely useful, transferable real-world capabilities and dispositions at the same time. We know that a key set of these attitudes and dispositions predict success in life more powerfully than test scores. They include not just resilience, growth mindset and critical thinking, but control of attention, appropriate scepticism, interoceptive awareness and learning agility. What in much less widely understood is exactly how to configure a classroom so that mastering content, getting good grades, and developing these positive learning dispositions happen naturally alongside each other.

The Learning Power Approach (LPA) has distilled the research and practice of a range of leading-edge teaching methods and can now provide the missing details. It comprises a series of small, manageable, cumulative tweaks to classroom practice that reliably boost knowledge, grades and learning dispositions at the same time. The LPA is not a quick fix or the latest fad; it is a research-led culture-change process that grows over time, as the ethos of the classroom, and the whole school, is progressively transformed.

The workshop will involve presentations by Guy, video clips of the LPA in action in a range of schools, ages and subjects, and plenty of time for participants to digest the implications of the LPA for their own practice, and make plans for whole-school development.


All classroom teachers, middle leaders and senior leadership teams K-12 who genuinely think that education must be about more than literacy, numeracy, grades and trophies. It is helpful, where possible, to have at least two members of the same school who can sustain and transmit their LPA expertise together when they return to school.


Laptop, tablet, smart phone – or good old-fashioned pen and paper. Internet access not required.


Day One 8.30 – 10:00 | Session 1: The Learning Power Approach: A School of Thought
The LPA is a new way of teaching that has emerged from a variety of pioneering initiatives around the world. We will explore what these initiatives have in common, and see how they are critically different from several other currently popular approaches to teaching such as Visible Learning, Formative Assessment and Teaching Like a Champion. And we will review the recent science and solid evidence that lie behind the LPA.

10:00 – 10:30 | Tea & Coffee Break  10:30 – 12:30 | Session 2: The LPA in action
After the ‘theory’ comes an exploration of a wide range of examples of the LPA in action in real classrooms, illustrating how it works with different ages, subjects and types of schools. We will look at a variety of small-scale techniques and teaching protocols that cumulatively create more confident, independent and imaginative learners.

12:30 – 1:15 | Lunch Break   1:15 – 3.00 | Session 3: Designing the Learning Power Classroom
Together, the Learning Power Approaches have generated a powerful set of design principles from which any teacher can generate a culture that nurtures both high achievement and the growth of learning dispositions. In this session we will expose these principles, and take time to explore how they can be used to shift the atmosphere of every classroom.

Day Two 8.30 – 10:00 | Session 4: Leading for Learning Power (Whatever Your Role or Status)
The LPA is not a Quick Fix. It requires teachers to become aware of their own engrained teaching habits, and if necessary to adjust them. This takes effort and it needs organisational will and support. In this session we will look at how to boost professional learning in the school so that habit change will really happen, and see how the LPA frameworks apply to teacher, as well as student, learning.

10:00 – 10:30 | Tea & Coffee Break  10:30 – 12:30 | Session 5: Dealing with Barriers and Beliefs (Your Own and Colleagues)
The LPA is obviously beneficial for staff and students alike, and there are good examples of the LPA in action around the world. Yet it is not scaling up as fast as it should. Why not? In this session we will unearth some of the assumptions and habits of mind that lie behind the common inertia and scepticism about such new initiatives, and see how best to help ourselves and our colleagues overcome them.

12:30 – 1:15 | Lunch Break   1:15 – 3.00 | Session 4: Session 4: Planning the Campaign 
In this final session there will be ample time to review the learning of the two days, ask questions, share ideas, and formulate plans and intentions for the future.

Guy Claxton

Guy Claxton is a cognitive scientist specialising in the expandability of our mental powers. He is the author of many books including Hare Brain Tortoise Mind, Wise Up: The Challenge of Lifelong Learning, and Intelligence in the Flesh. Guy’s bestseller What’s the Point of School? was highly praised by Harvard Professor Howard Gardner, Sir Ken Robinson and Baroness Susan Greenfield.

Guy is the founder of Building Learning Power, a global influence on education which pioneered practical methods of teaching that combine high levels of achievement with the development of useful, general habits of mind. BLP has influenced youngsters’ lives throughout the UK as well as in, for example, Ireland, Poland, Dubai, South Africa, Indonesia, Argentina, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand.

Guy has a ‘double first’ in Natural Sciences from Cambridge and a doctorate from Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Academy of the Social Sciences and the Royal Society of Arts. He has been Professor of the Learning Sciences at Bristol University, Co-Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning at Winchester University, and is currently Visiting Professor of Education at King’s College London.

Workshop Fees

  • 2-day workshop – €600 per participant – Registration closes 9th February 2018.
  • Early Bird discount on sale until 30th November 2017 – €550 per participant.
  • Group Discount Rate (5+ participants) – €550 per participant – Registration closes 9th February 2018.
  • Late Registration Processing Fee applies from 10th February 2018 – €50 per participant.

You may register online and make a payment by credit card or request an invoice online.

The workshop fee includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Important Booking Information

This workshop is confirmed you may go ahead and book your travel.

We do not refund fees. However, you may send a different participant from your school in your place if necessary. If this occurs, please email workshop organizers to inform them (

Professional Learning International reserves the right to cancel the workshop in the event of any unforeseen circumstances. Professional Learning International will not be responsible for any expenses relating to your travel if the workshop is rescheduled or canceled, please be sure to take out travel insurance. In the event of rescheduling or cancellation, Professional Learning International will issue a refund of the workshop fee.


24th & 25th February 2018



The workshops will be held at Sri KDU International School in Kuala Lumpur:

3, Jalan Teknologi 2/1, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya
Tel : 03-6145 3888


You can take Mass Rapid Transit to Kota Damansara station (600m away from Gate S of the school) or get a Taxi, Grab or UBER.



Royale Chulan Hotel

Royale Chulan KL
5 Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, 50450
Phone: +603 2688 9688
Fax: +603 2688 9788


Royale Bintang Hotel ­

17-21, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Phone: +603 – 2147 9898
Fax: +603 – 2145 9558


Somerset Damansara Uptown

Somerset Damansara UPtown 2
Phone: +33 4105 7905 (From Europe & the Americas)
Phone +65 6272 7272 (From Asia Pacific, the Middle East & Other Countries)


H Hotel and H Boutique Hotel

H Boutique Hotel KL
Dataran Sunway, 47810, Petaling Jaya
Phone +60 3 7499 2592