Kate Slipper GLT 123pxWe are delighted to announce our latest Global Lead Teacher. Kate Slipper, Lead Practitioner of Learning and Teaching from Sydenham School, UK, will be sharing her expertise of applying HPL in her specialist subject of Fine Art.

In her role, Kate works to deliver professional development through a range of training programs. She also delivers more bespoke mentoring and coaching to teachers across the school, at all stages of their careers, from NQT through to new leadership positions. Kate is the Professional Coordinating Mentor for her school delivering an extensive Initial Teacher Training program for PGCE, Schools Direct and Teach first.

Kate has implemented many whole school initiatives to drive learning forwards across the school, both within subject areas and on a pastoral level. She also works with a network of local schools to extend and develop pedagogy across all Key stages. In her subject area of Visual Arts, Kate has expertise through her experience of being a curriculum leader as well as completing the Artist Teacher MA at Goldsmiths College. Understanding that HPL is a framework that can grow with pedagogical research is fundamental to her practice. Through this research Kate’s practice is grounded in pedagogical approaches including the principles of instruction, cognitive load theory, deliberate practice and retrieval practice.

Induction cohort shot 300pxWe are delighted to welcome five new schools to the HPL family and start them off on their journey to World Class School Status. The latest cohort sees schools from Shropshire, Chichester, Maidstone, Dubai and Murcia come together for two days to get to grips with the pillars of HPL and begin to plan implementation from September 2019. 

Our new schools are:

Ellesmere College, Shropshire (UK)
GEMS Wellington Academy - Al Khail (UAE)
King's College - The British School of Murcia (Spain)
The Maplesden Noakes School, Maidstone (UK)
Westbourne House School, Chichester (UK)

Wellington Academy is the fifth GEMS school to adopt HPL and The British School of Murcia is following in the footsteps of another school in the King's Group after seeing great impact on student learning at King's College School, La Moraleja. 

We wish all our new schools the very best as they start to implement HPL and we look forward to sharing how they are getting on in due course. 

Case study montage 300pxWe are delighted to share the first three case studies in a new series, looking at 'HPL in action' across different schools. Mounts Bay Academy (UK), Jumeirah College (Dubai) and Jack Hunt School (UK), may have approached their HPL journeys differently, but all are observing a significant impact upon achievement, teaching and learning, and the way their students think and behave. 

You can find the full case studies on our case studies page. Watch out for more in this series soon. 


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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