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Misk Schools becomes first school in Saudi Arabia to adopt High Performance Learning – and first in the world to deliver an Arabic version

by Eddie Rayner

Riyadh, 2nd November 2022: Misk Schools has announced that it is the Kingdom’s first High Performance Learning (HPL) school, and the first in the world to fully adapt HPL to Arabic. 

HPL is a research-based approach to teaching and learning designed to deliver high performance for the many, not the few. It uses evidence from neuroscience and psychology to challenge the outdated belief that only a minority of children can achieve at high levels.

Working with the Founder and Chair of HPL, Professor Deborah Eyre, Misk Schools has tailored the framework to meet the specific needs of its students and community, as well as of the Kingdom. The resulting bilingual Misk Schools High Performance Learning (MSHPL) model is a customised, systematic approach to building the skills for success in education and in life. 

Misk School’s Director General, Dr Steffen Sommer said: “It has been a deeply rewarding process co-designing our own, unique version of High Performance Learning with Professor Eyre. While MSHPL won’t change what we teach, it will change how we teach, ensuring that all our students develop into enterprising learners and advanced performers, capable of becoming 21st-century global leaders.”

Dr Sommer is a Fellow of HPL with a profound knowledge and first-hand experience implementing the approach at Doha College, which, in 2018, became the first school ever to be accredited as an HPL World Class School.

Professor Deborah Eyre said: “We are delighted to be working with Misk Schools to help reimagine Saudi education and empower every child. When ambitious school leaders use our philosophy of empowerment, they create world-class schools, equipping every student with advanced cognitive skills and the essential character attributes, values and attitudes necessary for lifelong success.”

Professor Eyre and members of the HPL team will visit Misk Schools regularly to train and support teachers. The process will be overseen by Misk Schools Senior Principal, Jeremy Newton, who led the HPL implementation at King’s College School La Moreleja in Madrid, the first school in Spain to become accredited as an HPL World Class School in 2020. Misk Schools aims to secure HPL World Class School accreditation within the next two to three years. 

HPL is based on over 30 years of research into how the highest performing students think and learn. More information at: www.highperformancelearning.co.uk.

More about Misk Schools at www.miskschools.edu.sa