High Performance Learning
Truly world-class schools understand that while grades are important, producing students who are intellectually and socially confident, work-place and life-ready with a global outlook and concern for others is our true aim. With that in mind, Harrow Bangkok has recently started to work with Professor Deborah Eyre, a global education leader, on High Performance Learning.
WHAT IS HIGH PERFORMANCE LEARNING (HPL)
High Performance Learning (HPL) is a philosophy developed following many years of research into how successful people think and learn. High Performance Learning utilises recent advances in neuroscience and cognitive psychology that show that our brains are ‘malleable’ and that we can teach students how to be ‘intelligent’ and how to succeed in school. This means that with the right opportunities and experiences at home and at school all students are potentially high performers. Some learners may take longer to reach high performance but most are capable over time.
HOW HPL IS TAUGHT
High Performance Learning provides a framework which schools 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 HPL framework consists of:
- 20 ways of thinking called Advanced Cognitive Performance (ACPs) characteristics and
- 10 ways of behaving called Values, Attitudes and Attributes (VAAs)
Other important aspects of High Performance Learning include:
- developing a positive mindset in our young people; an enquiry-based approach to teaching and learning; practice and expertise development.
WHY HARROW BANGKOK HAVE INTRODUCED HIGH PERFORMANCE LEARNING
The very best schools constantly assess the education they provide to ensure they are at the leading edge. All schools can make improvements and one way we have decided to do this is through High Performance Learning. The HPL framework ACPs and VAAs are being progressively taught from Early Years to Sixth Form for students to ultimately have more success at school and for the rest of their lives.
HOW PARENTS CAN HELP
- Have confidence in your child’s ability - encourage and support them
- Avoid light-hearted negative comments about ability
- Praise your child - a lot! Praise them for ‘effort’ not for being smart
- Encourage curiosity, to question and to wonder about the world around them.
- Give children responsibility (not worrying about their mistakes) - avoid doing things for your child that they can do themselves
- Create a good home learning environment by: reading together, having conversations, days out together, playing games, and always supporting the school