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Our Learning Heroes

Learning Powers, the Northill Way


At Northill, we have adopted the principles behind Guy Claxton’s theory of ‘building learning powers’ to support and enable effective learning characteristics for our pupils. We know and strongly believe that pupils who are more confident of their own learning ability learn faster and learn better. They concentrate more, think harder and find learning more enjoyable. They do better in their tests and external examinations, and they are easier and more satisfying to teach.


“Building Learning Power prepares youngsters better for an uncertain future. Today’s schools need to be educating not just for exam results but also for lifelong learning. To thrive in the 21st century, it is not enough to leave school with a clutch of examination certificates. Pupils/students need to have learnt how to be tenacious and resourceful, imaginative and logical, self-disciplined and self-aware, collaborative and inquisitive.” (


At Northill we strive for all of our pupils to become aspirational community members, full of self-belief. Through this vision for our pupils, we can enable them to ‘Shine…like stars’. Learning Powers help us to establish effective learning behaviours that pupils can identify and relate to while embedding the skills needed for effective learning.


Research has shown that, developing students’ learning behaviours; raises achievement, improves behaviour, increases motivation, creates supple learning minds, increases enjoyment in learning, establishes habits of lifelong learning and enhances creativity. If we wish all of our pupils to become aspirational lifelong learners then we need to support them to gain the necessary skills. We do this through our own ‘Learning Super Heroes’.

Meet our Learning Heroes...

As children, begin to demonstrate the powers of our learning heroes in their everyday learning experiences, they receive Class Dojo points. Once teachers recognise pupils are embedding the skills of learning, pupils can receive specific learning hero awards and even get to take care of the learning hero character in school for the day.

Super Hero Status: This is achieved when a child has accumulated all of the Learning Powers! Children can collect their learning hero certificates throughout their time at Northill, and should aim to have collected all eight heroes by the time they leave us, earning ‘Super Hero Learner’ status!

See our Learning Hero character profiles, to help you learn how to be a Learning Hero!