Personal Learning Plans


Personal Learning Planning is a process built around the principle that children learn best when they:

  • understand clearly what they are trying to learn
  • know what is expected of them
  • are given feedback about the quality of their work
  • are given advice about how to improve their work
  • are involved in deciding what needs to be done next
  • know who can help them if they need it

Within West Linton PS we believe that Personal Learning Planning is an integral part of practice. We use Personal Learning Plans or PLPs as an additional means of facilitating effective dialogue about learning with pupils. PLPs are a practical and visual resource for pupils to support them in discussing their goals, what and how they learn and opportunities to identify next steps. PLPs also provide evidence to the learner about their progress.

Recording in PLPs happens as the pupil experiences new things, making the Learning Plan an ongoing piece of work. PLPs help the pupil learn from experience – by looking back on their progress they are able to plan the next steps in their learning. This ensures that pupils have a clear understanding of where they are going and how they are going to get there.

Ultimately, pupils will aim to build the skills required for them to be:

  • Successful Learners
  • Confident Individuals
  • Responsible Citizens
  • Effective Contributors

The children’s PLPs are available for you to look at any time. There will also be specific times when you can see them, for instance at parents meetings, in work home folders and at open days/afternoon. You will be able to comment on your child’s progress within the PLPs or feedback sheets.

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