Learning to Learn

The Campaign for Learning defines learning to learn as a process of discovery about learning. It involves a set of principles and skills which, if understood and used, help learners learn more effectively and so become learners for life. At its heart is the belief that learning is learnable.

If we know how to learn, we are more likely to take up learning opportunities and be motivated to learn.*  Learning to learn, which develops metacognition and self-regulation strategies for learning, is therefore an important part of helping everyone become confident lifelong learners.

Since 2000, the Campaign for Learning has explored the ways in which people of all ages can be supported to learn how to learn and become more effective learners. We have developed the 5Rs for Lifelong Learning which includes the skills, attitudes and dispositions that we believe a learning to learn approach should develop. See below for our activities embedding learning to learn approaches and the 5Rs model.


Learning to Learn in Schools and Colleges

Learning to learn approaches in teaching use strategies which aim to support learners to think about how they learn by making the process explicit, and in doing so help them become more effective learners through reflection and the application of learning strategies. Evaluation has shown that these types of approaches have consistently high levels of impact and can be particularly effective for low achieving and older pupils.*

Our major research programmes on Learning to Learn have taken place in partnership with schools, colleges, the University of Newcastle, the University of Durham. Details of our research including case studies and evaluation reports can be found on our projects page

You can

Develop learning to learn approaches and growth mindsets in your school or college with our one day workshops


Learning to Learn with parents and children

Our Mind the Gap programme funded by the Educaton Endowment Foundation evaluated the impact of schools introducing learning to learn strategies to parents and children using our Animate Learning approach. The evaluation showed a positive impact on the development of metacognitive skills and the learning relationship between parents and children.

You can

Find our more about our Mind the Gap project

Register for information about our parental engagement programmes and workshops (tick family learning)

Talk to us about using learning to learn strategies with parents and children on 020 7798 6067


Become a better learner yourself!

Are you looking to improve your own learning skills? Download our free Becoming a Better Learner guide.


*See the Teaching and Learning toolkit https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/evidence/teaching-learning-toolkit

 *Understanding motivation for lifelong learning, Spurling and Spurling, (2001)





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