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.  

Professor Deborah Eyre"The best students are not test passers, but well-rounded individuals ready to thrive in life," says Professor Deborah Eyre, in an exclusive interview with Edarabia, the number 1 education guide in the Middle East for students, parents and educators.  The piece focuses on the formula for becoming a world class school and how this approach creates competent, ambitious teachers and school leaders and high performing students.

Deborah has recently delivered  sessions in the Future Leaders conference, and GESS Bites arena at GESS Dubai on this subject. Edarabia has over 70,000 subscribers. You can read the full interview here:

Teachmeet ValenciaHPL teacher, Uzma Zaffar, Assistant Principal at Doha College, will be presenting at Teachmeet Valenica on Saturday 2 March. Organised by the National Association of British Schools in Spain (NABSS), this year's theme is: The new gifted and talented paradigm - how can we provide for highly able learners.

Uzma's presentation will focus on Doha College's work embedding HPL and the impact it has had on all learners. It is titled: Lifting the lid on learning - how Doha College caters for all its pupils. Doha College was the first school in the world to be accredited with HPL World Class School status. Uzma has been instrumental in leading the school's HPL journey and is a passionate advocate for HPL's work and providing opportunities for all. 

You can follow the debate and presentations from other delegates on Twitter with the #nabss2019 hashtag. For more information, visit the TeachMeet 2019 webpage



SWBGS WCS 250pxWe are thrilled to announce that Sir William Borlase's Grammar School has been accredited as a High Performance Learning World Class School. 

The High Performance Learning (HPL) World Class School Award recognises the very best schools in the world and is designed for those at the forefront of educational thinking. They have teaching and learning at their heart and are committed to moving beyond the 'bell curve' and accepting that everyone is a potential high performer. Schools that have undertaken HPL’s rigorous 2-year World Class School Award scheme have met demanding standards and have transformed the way they function. They have changed attitudes and practices amongst staff, students and parents and see that translated into better results and outcomes for their students. When the HPL philosophy and framework is fully embraced, the effect is transformational.

HPL’s Founder and CEO, Professor Deborah Eyre said: “I am absolutely delighted to confer HPL World Class Award Status upon our first Grammar School. Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School has adopted HPL as its DNA and it is already showing some good results, both in terms of academic achievements of students but also in respect of their self-belief and readiness for future life.”

Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School joins four other HPL World Class schools that achieved this prestigious status in 2018. The other schools are:

- The British International School of Stavanger, Norway
- Chesterton Community College, Cambridge
- Doha College, Qatar
- Sydenham School, London


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