HPL – High Performance Learning

Parkhill’s High Performance Learning Journey

HPL Introduction

  • High Performance Learning is an innovative style of cognition-based education that operates as an eco-system within the school
  • It uses a unique teaching and learning framework to establish an ambitious school culture and achieve exceptional student outcomes
  • It provides long-term strategic direction for teaching and learning in schools, which reflects the school’s own context and culture whilst making the most of contemporary thinking in learning and teaching
  • HPL does not require the school to reject its current way of working but rather HPL provides a vehicle to strengthen and enhance it

We passionately believe that every single child can achieve academic success and live a life full of opportunity and fulfilment regardless of their starting point. Learning is a science and following many years of research into how people think and learn, we now know that what was always perceived as impossible is now possible; there are no restrictions on learning.

So, by removing the barriers to achievement, we are reimagining education for a new world with our rigorous, systematic and holistic approach to teaching and learning – a unique evidence-based philosophy and framework that empowers every child. And when ambitious school leaders work with us to harness our philosophy of empowerment – driven by what we know about how children learn – they create world-class schools and equip each child with advanced cognitive skills and the essential values, attitudes, and attributes that they will need for lifelong success.

School Vision

At Parkhill Junior School, we passionately believe in the potential of our children, regardless of their starting point. They are at the heart of everything we do.

Everybody in our culturally diverse community is valued, celebrated and encouraged, in a positive, safe, happy and caring environment.

Through our rigorous, systematic and holistic approach, we aim to empower every child to recognise that there are no restrictions on learning and anything is possible. We constantly explore new approaches to teaching and learning in order to encourage them to become global citizens.

Our goal is to ensure that children learn how to learn and barriers to success are overcome. Our vision is to equip each child with advanced cognitive skills and the essential values, attitudes and attributes that they will need for lifelong success. Every child can be a high performance learner.

We encourage everyone in the Parkhill community to make a positive contribution to our world class school.

ACPs and VAAs

Supporting High Performance Learning At Home

At Parkhill Junior School, we feel that the home environment is vital in the quest for High Performance. Homes where there is conversation between adults and children, books to read and games to play, help with character development and this translates seamlessly into learning at school. 

In order to promote High Performance Learning at home: 

* Talk together. Make time for meaningful discussion and debate. Discuss topical and global issues and listen to each other’s opinions, encouraging wider thinking and develop an understanding that differing opinions are welcome.

* Ask. ‘Why do you think that?’ and let your child explain their reasoning behind thoughts. Use open questions and encourage detailed and developed answers.

* Read. Encourage reading for pleasure, it doesn’t matter if it is online, a book, a newspaper or a hobby magazine. Let them see you enjoying reading and they will too.

* Feed curiosity. A child with natural curiosity will constantly engage in discovery, learn, be creative, think outside the box, and unravel something new, even in ordinary things. Encourage hands on exploration, asking open-ended questions and modelling that you don’t have all of the answers- but you can ‘find out’ together!

* Limitless Learning. Believe in your child that they can do well and they will. By instilling confidence and self-esteem in them, you’ll be amazed how far they can go!

* Build empathy. Encourage your child/ren to talk about their feelings as well as your own and others around you. Try to validate your child’s emotions, ‘I know you’re feeling frustrated right now’ rather than shutting them down. Read stories together about feelings and complex situations so they develop an awareness of why other people feel the way they do and how their experiences influence this.

High Performance Work Mentioned in the Headteacher’s Newsletter

November 2023

February 2024

March 2024

May 2024