HPL – Top Tips for Parents

Week 1

As a High Performance Learning Pathway School we will be sharing with you “Top Tips” on how you can support you child/ren with developing the High Performance Learning skills at home.
There are 30 of these skills broken down into the two categories of Advanced Cognitive Performance Characteristics (ACPs) and Values, Attitudes and Attributes (VAAs).
This week we look at the VAA of being Open Minded (The ability to take an objective view of different ideas and beliefs; becoming more receptive to other ideas and beliefs based on the arguments of others; change ideas should there be compelling evidence to do so)

Top Tips on…..Being Open-Minded


  1. Model being open-minded yourself
  2. With younger children try new activities and experiences, giving them opportunities to broaden their interests
  3. With older children you could encourage them to debate things that they dislike. By providing alternative views or suggestions they are exposed to different views that can make them thing about the opinions of others
  4. Watch programmes together which articulate responses to different questions e.g. The Big Questions on BBC1
  5. Choose current news issues to debate and discuss. Make this into an activity where you make a point and they have to provide a counter argument and vice versa


Week 2

This week we look at the VAA of being Enquiring (The ability to be curious; be willing to work alone; be proactive; keen to learn; show enterprise; think independently; challenge assumptions and require evidence for assertions; actively control your own learning; move on from the absorption of knowledge and procedures to develop your own views and solutions)

Top Tips on…..Being Enquiring

  1. Model being enquiring yourself
  2. Encourage children to ask questions
  3. Encourage childrens’ curiosity. Consider asking your child to become an ‘expert’ in a specific thing and tell you all about it. It may be something they are already interested in or something new. This encourages them to be independent in their research – perhaps they could present it to you.
  4. Encourage interests that model total concentration e.g. making  a model aeroplane from a kit, painting a picture, getting balls into a net
  5. How about choosing a new interest to you and your child/ren. Something that you are both interested in but don’t now a great deal about. Complete a joint project and finish it with a related event e.g. finding out more about film making and having a movie night; finding out about the development of trains and going on a train ride.

    Week 3

This week we look at the VAA of being Confident (The ability to develop a belief in your knowledge, understanding and action; recognise when you need to change your beliefs based upon additional information or the arguments of others; deal with new challenges and situations, including when this places you under stress)

Top Tips on…..Being Confident

  1. Model being confident yourself
  2. Encourage and emphasise the HPL philosophy ‘ that learning can be a struggle, but is not permanent’ and that ‘everyone has the potential to be a high performing learner’. In this way you are encouraging a child to keep trying and thus improve their confidence
  3. A person with intellectual confidence thinks: “I can do this. I will get there. It’s hard but I will keep going”. Be sure to model this approach at home with everyday things that you have to tackle.
  4. Praise effort
  5. Don’t do things for your child that they can learn how to do. Children need to understand that they have the potential and the power to do things for themselves. It is in exploring this power that they learn.

Week 4

This week we look at the VAA of being Concerned for Society (The ability to understand the contribution you can make to society to the benefit of those less fortunate than you are; demonstrate citizenship and a sense of community ethos; recognize differences as well as similarities between people and peoples; be aware of your own and others’ cultural heritage and be sensitive to the ethical and moral issues raised by learning)

Top Tips on…..Being Concerned for Society

  1. Model showing concern for society
  2. Encourage an interest in what is going on in the world and talk about events. Inevitably, the majority of news stories involve the need for concern for others
  3. Encourage care and compassion at home and consider ways in which this can become outreach to the local, national and international community.
  4. Consider the opportunities to discuss and act on issues which require caring more for society e.g. signing petitions regarding environmental issues
  5. Consider the impact that loneliness can have on people. Encourage a discussion on this and how at work/school we can reach out to those who may benefit from our friendship and company.