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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TPS Learning Pit

We use the TPS Learning Pit to explicitly teach the strategies and dispositions required to manage the challenge aspect of learning.


Flexible Learning

A Flexible Learning Environment is a space that can be manipulated to provide a variety of learning opportunities, e.g. quiet working spaces, large group areas, access to outdoor learning, furniture that allows flexibility and choice. FLEs require a certain type of collaborative teaching (pedagogy) to ensure that the spaces are utilised to their maximum.


Learning Conferences

Communication with families, and working together with whānau as partners in learning, is important for the growth and development of the learner. Learning conferences provide one platform for the sharing of information between whānau and school, and an opportunity to set goals, ask questions, and create a plan for progress together. Learning conferences are the face to face component of the reporting process.


Culturally Responsive

Every learner brings cultural capital to school with them. CR & RP is understanding and connecting to the cultural capital of each individual. It is important we know who our learners are; valuing their language, culture and identity. Teachers use contexts for learning which enable our learners to connect new learning to their own prior knowledge, values and beliefs.


Toku Ako

Tōku Ako translates to “My Learning”. It provides a structure which scaffolds the development of Learner Agency. During this time, students learn and practise the skills associated with self-managed learning; working towards leading their own learning. At Tōku Ako time, you will see individual, paired and group work, covering a variety of curriculum areas and learning experiences.



Mindfulness is a wellness strategy. We use Mindfulness at T.P.S. to optimise our learning, promote kindness and curiosity, and as a tool to manage our emotional responses to our everyday challenges. In Mindfulness we focus on our breath, the present moment, and ourselves. It is a practice that we use throughout the school, on a daily basis, and in a variety of situations.



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