TPS Learning Model


What is the TPS Learning Model?

The TPS Learning Model is what we use to explicitly teach the principle of ‘learning to learn’. The Learning Model is the tool we use to make learning visible, through deliberate teaching of the learning process, inclusive of learner dispositions and skills. “Learning is engaging in an ongoing process of making connections, discovery, and challenge; building knowledge and skills to make meaning of our world.


Why is it important?

We believe that a core purpose of education is to learn how to learn. Being able to recognise, understand and independently apply the learning process is critical in our knowledge rich world. Supported by research, our aim is for our learners to understand and apply the learning process.


What we engage with, and actively experience, is what we learn. Giving our undivided attention helps to encode new learning into a stronger memory. Being curious, asking questions, “giving it a go” are strategies and dispositions that demonstrate engagement. We understand that emotions and motivation are the gatekeepers of learning.



When we connect to prior knowledge, we build on what we know and strengthen neural pathways. We connect and build onto the cultural capital that we all bring to our learning.

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We learn by doing. It is important to provide multiple and varied exposures to new learning. Practise reshapes knowledge and restores it in the long term memory. Learning is social, and we learn through social interactions.


Learning happens when we are challenged. Experiencing difficulty is an expected part of the learning process. We take risks, fail, identify errors, seek help, learn from mistakes, and understand the value of perseverance. Timely feedback and assessment help to make learning visible. Developing the strategies, skills and dispositions to get out of the Learning Pit are critical components of being a good learner.


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Reflecting on and applying learning to a new context, embeds learning into the long-term memory. We make meaning of our world when we reshape our understandings through the connections we make to new knowledge.

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Spotlight On Learning

Our vision statement, Together, we are learning to go places, reflects our desire to work collaboratively to engage, challenge and support our students, to grow their capabilities and dispositions as learners, so that they can thrive in learning and life.

Spotlight on learning (information) PDFs explain important components of our teaching and learning programme. We work hard to ensure that our teaching and learning programmes are evidence based and are responsive to the needs of our TPS learners. Each spotlight explains what the strategy or resource is, as well as highlighting why it is important to learning.



TPS Learning Pit




Flexible Learning Environments




Learning Conferences




Culturally Responsive Practices




Toku Ako






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Learning Through Play



TPS Mathematics


Together, we are learning to go places Akongia Tātou ngā haere ki wāhi kē