Students at CPS have begun to understand something about the concept of learning power and its seven dimensions. These are the ways of identifying the quality of a person’s engagement in their own learning processes. Research suggests that learning power provides an important link between personal development and attainment of students. Focusing our attention on learning power means that we can relate to the learner as a person as well as to what is being learned.
At CPS teachers are assessing students formally and informally a great deal of the time. Good teaching requires good assessment. Finding ways to access student’s learning power, and to help students to assess themselves is critically important for developing learning power in the classroom and beyond. It means assessing what we value, rather than only valuing what we can assess.
Finding ways to assess learning power is therefore important. The research base has provided a means to do this through a questionnaire that learners’ responds to. That questionnaire forms the basis of the ELLI Learning Profiles.
If your child is in Year 7, in the Autumn Term they would have completed a learning profile questionnaire online, which then calculates how much of a particular learning power dimension a student reports him or herself having at any one time. This is then converted into a percentage and produced in the form of a spider diagram.
It is important that you and your child understands that the Learning Profile is not about grading or comparing them to other students. It is about providing feedback to learners which stimulates a response and it is the student’s response to that feedback that is critical.
Research suggests that there are three main types of learners. These are:
- Fragile Learners – weak on all learning power dimensions. Learners with this type of profile report themselves as not having very much of any of the seven dimensions of learning power (see link).
- Vulnerable Learners – weak on some dimensions and strong on others. They are typical of the sorts of learners who may not be noticed much in school, but who are at risk of switching off from formal learning and not developing their own aspirations and challenges (see link).
- Strong Learners – well rounded on all dimensions. These learners may not be high attainers, but they are fulfilling their potential and getting the most out of their learning (see link).
Your child’s tutor would have shared with you their learning profile in the Autumn Term. Your child will have the opportunity to take the learning questionnaire again online in the Summer Term to see if there has been a positive shift in their learning power. This will be represented as an overlap spider diagram onto the original one produced, so that it should be easy to ascertain as to whether your child has become more of a powerful learner or not. The learning profile will be included in the Year 7 Full Report in the Summer Term.