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High Performance Learning is delighted to announce a new partnership with the White Rose Academies Trust in Leeds, UK. 

The White Rose Academies Trust joined the High Performance Learning School Award Scheme in September 2020 to enhance the journey of all its academies towards achieving World Class status.

The prestigious two-year accreditation programme will ensure that each school within the Trust adopts the High Performance Learning (HPL) framework, which builds on existing good practice and helps schools to enhance learning to ensure every child reaches high levels of performance.

The framework, developed by Deborah Eyre, incorporates over 30 years of research and practical experience, and helps students to reach high levels of cognitive performance by focusing on the development of a specific range of characteristics and behaviours.

Leeds City Academy, Leeds East Academy and Leeds West Academy have all registered for the High Performance Learning School Award Scheme, which promises a rigorous journey of continuous improvement, implementation and a formal accreditation process.

Andrew Whitaker, CEO of the White Rose Academies Trust, commented:

“The White Rose Academies Trust are excited to form this partnership with High Performance Learning (HPL), joining a prestigious international programme which mirrors our own belief that ‘every single student has the potential to be a high performer’; as Professor Eyre says ‘high performers are made, not born’.

"We are hoping that the experience of colleagues at the White Rose Academies Trust, in working with students from disadvantages backgrounds, can help to further enhance the HPL Framework, in turn raising the expectations of students from deprived areas such as those where the current academies are based.

"Professor Eyre’s philosophy really speaks to us as a Trust as we are ambitious and truly believe that we are capable of achieving great things. In September 2016, all three academies were at risk of being judged as ‘Special Measures’ by Ofsted. But through a rapid improvement journey all three academies were judged as ‘Good’ in May 2019.”

Simon O’Grady, CEO of High Performance Learning, commented:

‘‘We are delighted to be working with forward-thinking and ambitious education leaders. Our strategic partnership with the White Rose Academies Trust will transform the landscape of educational achievement.’’

The Persyou 'The Talks' Podcast, hosted by Nicholas McKie and supported by FOBISIA: The Federation of British International Schools in Asia, spoke to global educational leader, academic researcher, writer, influencer and Founder of High Performance Learning Professor Deborah Eyre.

Their conversation focused on Professor Eyre's 40 years of research, the creation of the High Performance Learning framework, her career, and her philosophy that re-imagines education and creates schools where almost everyone performs highly.

Listen to the Persyou The Talks Podcast below:

You can also listen to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or where ever you usually listen.

At High Performance Learning, we believe that teaching and learning has to be done with students and not to them. Our High Performance Learning Student Voice series are short blogs by students in HPL schools who want to share their experiences.

We want to thank Sophia for sharing her thoughts and the whole GEMs Royal Dubai School team for being brilliant teachers.

You can download a shareable PDF version by clicking here


Hello everyone, my name is Sophia from GEMS Royal Dubai School and I’m going to be talking to you about a few High Performance Learning (HPL) skills I have recently demonstrated and applied in my learning during remote learning. Over the next few weeks, I will be, with great pride and pleasure, going to writing to you about a few HPL focuses, which are made up of VAA and ACP skills, I have showcased in my learning.


 Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing well. For my final piece of writing, I will be focusing on the skill of meta-cognition. I believe meta-cognition is a great skill to reflect on your learning and make your work more accurate and precise.

During one of our recent weeks of online learning, our main focus had been on the skill meta-cognition. Meta-cognition is the ability to think about your own thinking. I had to use meta-cognition in various different subjects at school but I think I showed my knowledge of it best when completing a Maths revision lesson. During this lesson, we were given a set of word problems and had to find out the best division method to solve the questions. To precisely calculate the answers, I had to think about all the different methods of division I had learnt about in the past. This means I was thinking about my own thinking and reflecting on what I already knew. Therefore, I was using the skill of meta-cognition. After learning this skill, I have been able to apply it in my lessons and tasks frequently. By doing this, I have been able to look to the future and see the overall outcomes of my work, and correct any mistakes before they happen. In addition, I’ve realized that my work has been more accurate as I also look back at the past when I may have not known the skill meta-cognition and made mistakes whilst carrying out my tasks.

In my final blog post, my last tips for you are on meta-cognition. Whilst showcasing metacognition, you are reflecting on your work and thoughts. To carry out this process, you need to have some level of patience. The main reason you need patience is because you need to reflect and think deeply to understand your previous mistakes or to uplevel your work. You shouldn't rush through when re-checking your tasks then you may miss out small details that could make a big difference. Say you were writing a formal letter to your next school, I am sure you can’t afford to make mistakes. Therefore, you should read through it once more to check if your work is up to a high standard and is free of any typos or mistakes. Finally, my last tip continues from my previous advice, which is simply, go through your work. To explain more elaborately, you must make sure you go through your work however many times it is needed. This will prevent you from making any mistakes, let it be in the form or words, punctuation or even calculations. This is mandatory for all people of different ages no matter what it is they are going through. It could be for a student who is going through his Maths work or a passionate professional who is writing a résumé and hoping to begin her journey as an employee to become successful in the job she desires. No matter the circumstance, these tips ensure that you will be able to accurately reflect and think on your work and thoughts.

As you can see, all the HPL ACP and VAA skills that I have previously talked about, have helped and shaped me to be the person who I am today. Each year at RDS, I am introduced to many new skills but have learnt many more during my remote learning. I am grateful for these abilities that are constantly growing inside me and hope to encounter and learn many more during the next few weeks. To end this amazing opportunity, I have another quote to keep up with all the other quotes I’ve shown you previously. “Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece”. That quote is by Ralph Charell, who is an author, and I believe it has a strong meaning behind it. Lastly, I hope these skills stick with me in the years to come and will help me to have a bright and happy future.

Thank you for reading my weekly blog posts,

Sophia

Year Six

Gems Royal Dubai School

At High Performance Learning, we believe that teaching and learning has to be done with students and not to them. Our High Performance Learning Student Voice series are short blogs by students in HPL schools who want to share their experiences.

We want to thank Sophia for sharing her thoughts and the whole GEMs Royal Dubai School team for being brilliant teachers.

You can download a shareable PDF version by clicking here


Hello everyone, my name is Sophia from GEMS Royal Dubai School and I’m going to be talking to you about a few High Performance Learning (HPL) skills I have recently demonstrated and applied in my learning during remote learning. Over the next few weeks, I will be, with great pride and pleasure, going to writing to you about a few HPL focuses, which are made up of VAA and ACP skills, I have showcased in my learning.


Today we will be talking about the skill of intellectual confidence. Before we begin, what do you think intellectual confidence is? Go on have a think.

To answer this question if you correctly showcase the skill of intellectual confidence, you are able to explain your answers and thoughts. A situation where I believe I had shown this skill greatly, was during one of my English lessons. For the session, we were requested to find and explain the different uses of hyphens in a text. When carrying out this lesson and completing the task, I accurately reasoned why I think the hyphens were used and provided examples.

By doing this, I applied the skill of intellectual confidence in my learning because I explained why I answered the question the way I did. At the end of the lesson, after I’d shown intellectual confidence, I think I was able to understand the lesson better as I dug deeper to find out why - by providing examples - instead of just stating my answer. Hence, I had a clearer understanding of the topic and successfully learnt and applied the skill of intellectual confidence. My top tips for the skill of intellectual confidence are that you should practice and enquire. This is the process of reasoning and explaining your answers. To accurately answer all of your questions, you must practice the topic(s) they are based on. As I quoted previously, practice makes perfect.

Once you practice the topic(s) you are to have a clearer and deeper understanding of it. Having a better understanding will help in the future as you will be able to, if required, explain your answers swiftly and with ease. Moving on to enquiring. If you enquire frequently that shows you are motivated and interested to learn the subject. In addition, enquiring gives you better understanding but it also helps you to challenge yourself later on. If you enquire on the topic a lot, you are gaining more and more knowledge of it. For example, I might be learning the topic of angles in Maths. Once I enquire, I have gained information on how to calculate basic angles and as I move on in the lesson I will eventually have a clearer understanding. This results in me being able to challenge myself. I could possibly move on to calculating angles in a triangle, then around a point and so on. Now have a think, what does intellectual confidence mean?

Hopefully you have a clearer understanding of the skill. I have yet another quote that and I think this quote helps you to think about how you can answer unanswered questions. “Silence isn’t empty, it’s full of answers”. To me that quote shows that there are always answers and you simply need to find them with whatever strength and knowledge you have. I hope you have a great week and I’ll see you next time with my next blog!

 
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