INSET : Challenging HPA (High Prior Attaining) Students

challenging HPA

“Great take-always , so many useful resources for challenging HPA students”

Thahseen Ali, Biology Teacher, King’s Rochester

Strategies for challenging HPA students in every classroom

  • How do you set high expectations in your class for the high prior attainers to flourish?
  • How do you develop higher order thinking skills with your students?
  • Are you looking for new teaching approaches to challenge HPA students?

Ofsted have published a report asking whether HPA students were doing as well as they could in non-selective schools. The report called for higher expectations to be placed upon schools where HPA students were not achieving their full potential.

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 extending the HPA students and helping them to develop their higher order thinking skills and independence required to prepare them for success.


Joel Hampton, HPA Coordinator, Lytchett Minster School

INSET Outline

Five ways to put challenge at the heart of every lesson

  • Embedding a ‘challenge culture’
  • Cognitive conflict

Challenging 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 higher order thinking skills

  • 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

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