“Great take-always , so many useful resources to challenge HPA students”

Thahseen Ali, Biology Teacher, King’s Rochester

Strategies to challenge HPA students in every classroom

  • How do you set high expectations in your class for the high prior attainers in a mixed ability class to flourish?
  • How do you develop higher order thinking skills with your students?
  • Are you looking for new teaching approaches to challenge HPA students?
  • How do we ensure HPA students flourish and make significant progress?

Ofsted reports show that many schools across England fall short of meeting the needs of the most able pupils. In reports published by Ofsted in June 2019 this figure was 45%. The vast majority of the changes required in these schools were either a need for more
challenge (67%) or more progress (28%) for the most able pupils. This INSET course is designed to meet both of those outcomes for schools.

Use your Pupil Premium to improve provision for the most able

Surprisingly , Ofsted have found that only 1/3 of schools visited are using pupil premium for HPA students! Pupil premium funds are supposed to be for every learner on free school meals regardless of their prior ability.

The course will explore new teaching approaches for challenging & extending HPA students and helping them to develop their critical thinking skills and learning behaviours necessary to ensure outstanding progress.


Joel Hampton, HPA Coordinator, Lytchett Minster School

INSET Outline

Five ways to put challenge at the heart of every lesson

  • Curriculum intent and vision for HPA Students
  • Embedding a ‘challenge culture’
  • Creating cognitive conflict

How to Challenge HPA students

  • Subject specific guidance and resources to support classroom practice
  • What does the research tell us?
  • Key strategies that work with the very able
  • Differentiation in action
  • Questioning skills

The development of critical thinking skills to improve HPA Progress

  • How to develop critical thinking skills
  • Encouraging the learning through argument
  • Enhancing problem solving skills
  • Reaching the top grades

Independent and creative learning: boosting HPA attainment

  • Encouraging creative thinking
  • Enhancing problem solving skills
  • Producing secure independent learners by introducing metacognition techniques
  • Encouraging a growth-mindset and independence

“really useful and ‘ready to use’ strategies”

Pauline Helcoop, Head of House, St John Fisher Catholic High School

To register an interest or raise any questions about his course please use the registration form below or use our Enquiries page.


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