Author Simon O'Grady. Posted on 7-July-2016

In the first of our series from schools adopting High Performance Learning, Simon O’Grady, Principal of the British International School Cairo (BISC), explains why he wanted his school to be one of HPL’s pioneer schools.

Why we’re adopting HPL in our school

Being principal of a school widely regarded as the best school in Egypt has its challenges.

Our school, the British International School, Cairo (BISC), is 3-18 day school with 1000 pupils. Our aims are to promote the values of a pluralist society and provide equal opportunities to all pupils. Set within a broad-based education, all children are encouraged to strive for excellence and to become active, caring and thoughtful young people.

Author Deborah Eyre. Posted on 28-June-2016

Originally posted on edcentral

Providing challenge for top performers in the classroom is one of the most difficult and long standing problems in British education. Whilst some schools do really well, they remain the minority.

When it comes to gifted/more able students, your school is likely to be in one of the following categories…

… read the full blog post here

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Author Stuart White. Posted on 27-May-2016

As a teacher, in both UK schools and overseas, I have seen and tried a lot of approaches to teaching. Work in the classroom and as a school leader has been anchored by Piaget, Hargreaves and John Holt at one end of a career, and more latterly by the drive to evidence-based learning, cognitive strategies and the role of motivation. I have always believed that theory should anchor strong performance in the classroom and drive student outcomes. This is the ethic that underpins everything we do as school leaders: we must be clear that the approaches we are taking really do provide the best opportunities for all the children and young people in our care.

Author Oliver James. Posted on 6-April-2016

From intelligence to mental health, nurture is the crucial influence on human development

Are poor people poor because of inferior genes? This notion is especially popular with members of the ruling elite, who like to think their position is the result of genetic superiority rather than the fact they have privileged backgrounds.

Low intelligence and high rates of mental illness are more common in poor people. Geneticists maintain that genes play a major role in causing both. But if they were right there would be an inexorable logic that suggests inferior DNA caused poor people to sink to the bottom of the gene pool.

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