The 6 Rs

At Northaw CE Primary we beleive that children will become effective, lifelong learners if they possess the skills that will help them have a growth mindset and an ability to keep going even if they find things difficult.

The work of Professor Guy Claxton stresses the need to teach children tools and skills that will help to build their learning power and teach them how to 'learn to learn'. Claxton’s interest in ‘learning to learn’ goes back to his own schooldays. After obtaining mediocre O-level results he began to pay attention to his study habits, strengthening the most effective ones. Academic success in the form of a double first from Cambridge and a doctorate in psychology from Oxford ensued. Subsequently, over more than 25 years, he has brought together his interestsin learning skills and psychology in numerous books, lectures, workshops and research projects.

Claxton thinks that the widespread view of intelligence as a fixed, innate property is pernicious. It puts a ceiling on what students can be expected to achieve and tells them that they are either bright or stupid. It leads to resignation among low achievers and a lack of resourcefulness on the part of the ‘bright’ producing school leavers unequipped for a rapidly changing world. What students require is not to be spoon-fed facts, many of which they will never make use of, but the ability to know what to do when they don’t know what to do. This, for Claxton, is true intelligence – something that comes from somewhere deeper than the conscious, rational mind.

At Northaw CE Primary we focus on 6 main values which were based initially on the work of Guy Claxton. We have evolved these in order to suit our children and prepare them for their next stage in education. The values are:


Being aware of our roles and responsibilities, how we should behave, what we should do and why.


Being ready, willing and able to lock onto learning, to keep going when things get   tough. Stickability!


Being ready and willing and able to learn in different ways.


Thinking about how we should behave appropriately towards our peers, adults, our own learning opportunities, our resources and our environment.


Being able to look back on our work, experiences, experiences of others and on the world around us and learn from this.


To be able to think through problems and being ready to make sense of a given situation in order to either learn from it or to solve a problem or create something.

As a school we beleive that by developing these 6R skills the children will become more effective, life long learners who understand why they learn and have a desire to continue to learn.

We link this understanding of learning to our Christian beliefs and ethos. The two areas we believe are interchangeable.

Further information:

Please follow this link to our British Values Page to find out how we teach British Values at Northaw CE Primary.  

Also visit the curriculum page for information on what Philosphy for children is and how we teach it.

Please click here to see our RE policy.

Please click here to see our Collective Worship policy.

Please click here to see our SMSC policy.

Please click here to find out about mentoring for pupil wellbeing at Northaw CE Primary.

Created by Northaw School Governing Body - copyright 2017