Why HPL?

We believe that many more children could be achieving highly.

There’s a gap between success as defined by school systems and what society, the workplace and the individual seem to require. 

Eighty two percent of UK schools are now classed as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’, yet there is evidence that schools are not producing children with the right skills to be college ready, work ready and life ready.

A new approach is required so that schools can make additional improvements and ‘unleash greatness’. And ambitious schools across the world are looking to increase their performance, look beyond their own geography and become world beating.

High Performance Learning is an advanced pedagogy that helps schools become world class through systematically developing superior cognitive performance in all students. Its proven framework and methodology, when applied by good schools, leads to increasingly strong academic results; well motivated, engaged and life-ready students; and happier parents. 

HPL being the central part of our three-year development plan, I know that it will make Doha College, a school of 2000 students already known for being the best school in Qatar, an even better place

Dr Steffen Sommer, Principal, Doha College



Based on research from across cognitive psychology, gifted education and neuro-science, and on 30 years of practical experience of educators in over 16 countries, the philosophy of High Performance Learning starts from the following key principles:

icon 16x16 High performance is an attainable target for everyone..

icon 16x16 We can systematically teach students how to be ‘intelligent’ and how to succeed in school.

icon 16x16 World class schools produce students that are intellectually and socially confident, work-place and life-ready with a global outlook and a concern for others.

icon 16x16 There are 20 generic characteristics which students need to develop if they are to be high performers in cognitive domains (ACPs) and 10 values, attitudes and attributes (VAAs) that develop the wider learner dispositions needed for cognitive and lifetime success.

icon 16x16 Schools can only become world class by fostering a professional community of practice among their educators – no quick-fix, governance model, instructional technique or technology can substitute for this.



The High Performance Learning Framework

High Performance Learning provides a framework which school leaders can use to transform learning – actively involving students and their parents in the learning journey and presenting schooling as a quest for cognitive success. The ACPs and VAAs provide a clear structure for student development within each school’s individual vision, context and curriculum. The approach reinforces the professionalism of classroom teachers, while addressing what can be done at the whole-school level to optimise learning opportunities, individual support and personal motivation.

Using this approach has been proven to significantly enhance overall student outcomes and at the same time will help students from disadvantaged backgrounds by raising expectations of what they can achieve and providing a clear, manageable and transparent framework to secure strong results.

Next Steps

If you think your school is ready to go from good to world class then take action. Work towards becoming a High Performance Learning school by carrying out the following steps:

icon 16x16  Buy the book and explore our website to find out more

icon 16x16  Sign up to our newsletter and free introduction pack 

icon 16x16  Become an HPL Member 

icon 16x16  Explore Our Services to find out how to introduce HPL in your school

icon 16x16  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss how we can help you implement HPL for you school 


Materials for Schools 

icon 16x16 Introduction to High Performance Learning

icon 16x16 Features of World Class Schools (Poster Diagram)

icon 16x16 The High Performance Learning Framework – 7 Pillars (Poster Diagram)

icon 16x16 Creating Success (Poster Diagram)

icon 16x16 The Advanced Cognitive Performance Characteristics (Poster Diagram)

icon 16x16 The Values, Attitudes and Attributes (Poster Diagram)

HPL Starter Kit Spiral 244x300



VAA 01 Empathetic 1 300x235 min VAA 02 Agile 1 300x235 min

VAA 03 HardWorking 300x236 min

ACP 01 Meta Thinking 300x236 min ACP 03 Analysing 300x236 min


These printable posters summarise the concepts underlying HPL and are great for staff-room walls. Get the posters, and other resources for implementing High Performance Learning in your school by becoming a member today!




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