ASCL curriculum conference speakers 030419 300pxHPL's Professor Deborah Eyre was part of a team of curriculum experts invited to present at the Powerful Curriculum Thinking Conference in Birmingham on 3 April 2019. Organised by the Asociation of School and College Leaders (ASCL), the conference brought together leading thinkers on curriculum, to help leaders to think broadly about what curriculum is, think deeply about what pupils really need from it, and distribute that thinking across the school

Deborah's presentation, titled 'Using Curriculum Design to Create Advanced Learners', outlined the importance of creating a demanding and ambitious curriculum ‘for all’ based on three key elements: knowledge, domain specific skills and advanced cognitive performance.

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Charts and computer picHPL schools in the UK maintained sector are outperforming their peers on a number of key measures. Persistent absence in HPL maintained secondary schools is 37% lower than the national average, demonstrating that with HPL, pupils are more engaged and want to be in school to learn. HPL maintained secondary schools are also performing impressively on Progress 8 (57% have a score greater than 0.7), Attainment 8 (30% higher the national average), EBACC average score (46% higher than the national average) and % English/Maths at Grade C/5+ or above (55% higher the national average).

We are delighted to see such strong results already.



Our latest newsletter is now out. There is so much exciting news from across our HPL schools so it is a jam packed issue. 

We shine a spotlight on Jumeirah College in Dubai, which has seen a significant increase in higher exam grades since adopting HPL two years ago,   announce the first UK grammar school to achieve World Class School Status, and take a look at how HPL schools from across the UK are outperforming their peers on a number of key measures. To read more about these stories and other HPL news, click here

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DE and Layla Moran Ed Commission Launch 300 pxHPL Founder, Professor Deborah Eyre joins high-profile figures on a brand new non-political UK Education Commission set up by Layla Moran, the Liberal Democrat education spokesperson.

Launched at the annual conference of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), Ms Moran said: “We all know how easily education reforms – the good and the bad – can come and go at the whims of a variably informed education secretary. And that’s why I think we need to challenge the fundamentals of our education system.” 

The Commission is expected to publish two papers. The first will produce a radical but credible vision of what a future perfect system will look like. The second will them look at how to get from here to there, and will tackle some of the current challenges and priorities in the context of the future perfect vision.

Key themes will include attracting, retaining and developing great teachers and school leaders, a system that works for all children in all parts of the country, creating citizens of the future and adapting to changing needs. 

The other leading practitioners and thinkers joining Professor Eyre on the commission are:

Jo Owen, Co-Founder of Teach First, (Chair of the commission)
Geoff Barton, ASCL General Secretary
Christine Gilbert, former Head of Ofsted
Neil Carmichael, former Conservative Chair of the Education Select Committee
Ed Vainker, head teacher from the Reach Academy in Feltham
Kevin Courtney, National Union of Teachers
John Cope, Head of Education and Skills at the CBI.

The commission is partnering with Warwick University which will provide global comparisons and ensure that its conclusions are based on evidence of what actually works. 

Professor Eyre said: “It’s absolutely clear that trying to get some consensus around the direction of travel has to be the way in which we get to our next stage in education.”


Kirsten Parker St Lawrence College 250pxKirsten Parker, Head of Design and Technology at St Lawrence College, Kent, UK, has been selected as an HPL Global Lead Teacher. Kirsten joins inaugural Global Lead Teacher Dr. Andrew Flint from St Mary’s School Cambridge and is looking forward to sharing her expertise from over 20 years of teaching with our HPL Global Community.

Kirsten is an education coach and has been a form tutor and Head of House, but the thrust of her work has focused on teaching and learning. She has collaborated on several county-wide initiatives to advance teaching and learning including a project which focused on students as observers of learning, identifying what learning looks like and developing strategies to improve engagement.

Matt Daly, HPL’s Online Community and Teacher Engagement Manager said: “Kirsten already has a huge presence with the HPL Online Community as she regularly shares resources on the forums from staff at St Lawrence College across all subject areas. What impressed us in her interview was Kirsten’s commitment and enthusiasm to connect with and share HPL experiences with other Design and Technology Teachers.”

Antony Spencer, Principal at St Lawrence College endorsed Kirsten for the role. He said: “Kirsten has been a leading figure in the school’s HPL programme for the past year. As Head of Design Technology, she has been a persuasive advocate of all HPL pillars within her own department and an effective exponent and role model of the use of HPL well beyond this. “

On receiving the news that she had been selected as a Global Lead Teacher, Kirsten said: “I am very excited to get started as a Global Lead Teacher and looking forward to working with the team. It will be great to share ideas and innovative techniques that engage pupils and promote aspiration.”

One of Kirsten’s first tasks will be to launch a Design and Technology discussion group on the HPL community and from there Kirsten will be our lead presenter on our May webinar.

St Lawrence College provides a first class education for boys and girls from 3 to 18 years and is located in Ramsgate. They ensure pupils attain their personal best academically, whilst preparing them for life in a rapidly changing global society. Strong pastoral care, high quality teaching and a great emphasis on extra-curricular activity make this a very special community in which to live and learn.

JC top school award 300 pxGEMS Jumeirah College, Dubai has been awarded a Schools Compared Top School Award for child progress and value-added. With an ALPS score that puts them in the top 1% in the world, this is well deserved recognition for the incredible work they do and shows just what can be achieved when you expect everyone to be a high performer.

Principal Simon O'Connor, posting on Twitter about the award, said: "So pleased to present staff with their award this morning, an award which recognises what they do each day - set exceptional expectations and then challenge the students to achieve these goals."

Congratulations to the entire team at Jumeirah College for this amazing achievement. To read more about Jumeirah College and how High Performance Learning is helping them to take an even more ambitious next step, visit our blog.  


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