Deborah Eyre

Founder & CEO

Professor Deborah Eyre is a global educational leader, academic researcher, writer and influencer focused on helping good schools become world class. She believes that it is possible for high performance to be the norm in good schools and founded and runs the High Performance Learning organisation to work with schools across the world to help make that possible. A widely published author in the area of advanced cognition, her most recent books, High Performance Learning: How to Become a World Class School and Great Minds and How to Grow Them were published in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Deborah’s career has included a variety of senior education posts both globally and in UK as well as advising governments and educational foundations in UK, Hong Kong, South Africa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, USA and Singapore. From 2010-2014 she was Global Education Director for Nord Anglia Education and prior to that served as Director of the UK government’s innovative National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY), based at the University of Warwick. Deborah is currently an Honorary Professor at the University of Warwick, a Board member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS), a Trustee of the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), a Freeman of the City of London and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

SPEAKER SESSIONS

Future Leaders

27 February 2019 | 11:30 - 12:30 | English | High Performance Learning: How To Become a World Class School

We used to think that only some students could be academically successful - but now we know better. Far more children can achieve highly and these students are not ‘test passers’ but well-rounded, happy individuals able to thrive in life beyond school as well as within it. To get there school leaders need to understand how to create cognitive success and need a plan to make it happen. This talk introduces the high performance learning philosophy where every learner is seen as a potential high performer and the high performance learning framework which enables schools to systematically enhance cognitive functioning and ‘build better brains’. Drawing on psychology & neuro-science research this evidence-based approach leads to a significant uplift in student outcomes. Already adopted by some of the most innovative schools in the Middle East this approach challenges schools to be more ambitious, to banish the old 'bell curve' and aim for high performance for all.

GESS Talks Arena

27 February 2019 | 13:45 - 13:55 | English | GESS Bites: How to Create High Performance Learners

We used to think that only a proportion of students had the ability to be academically successful - but now we know better. Far more children can achieve highly regardless of background or starting point and the students are not ‘test passers’ but well-rounded, happy individuals ready to thrive in life beyond school; in university, in the workplace and in an increasing complex world. It is possible but it’s not easy. To get there you need to understand how to create cognitive success and you need a plan to make it happen. This talk introduces the high performance learning  philosophy where every learner is seen as a potential high performer and the high performance learning framework which enables schools to systematically  enhance cognitive functioning and  ‘build better brains’. Drawing on research in psychology, neuro-science & gifted education this strongly evidence based leads to a significant uplift in student outcomes. Already being used by some of the most innovative schools in the Middle East this approach challenges schools to be more ambitious, to banish the old 'bell curve' and aim for high performance for all.