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Guest Speaker: Professor Deborah Eyre

Talk by Professor Deborah Eyre - "How to help your child succeed at school and beyond".

All parents, from any Shanghai school are welcome to attend to hear from a world-leading educational expert.  The topic for the evening’s discussion is:

‘How to help your child to succeed in school and beyond’

Professor Deborah Eyre will look at the High Performance Learning approach. What it is, why it works and how it is applied in our school. This approach focuses on creating optimal educational conditions for nurturing giftedness and creativity, as opposed to selecting a specific cohort of students. It leads to outstanding results for a students.

Deborah has had a varied educational career working in schools, government and universities.  She is perhaps best known for her work on high performance – gifted and talented – where she is internationally recognised as one of world’s leading experts.  From 1999 to 2002 she was Deputy Dean of the newly merged Westminster Institute of Education, Oxford Brookes University leading their work at postgraduate level, research and enterprise. In 2002 she was appointed to create and develop the UK government’s flagship National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY) and was responsible for setting national policy for gifted education in English schools. 

Her main interest is in enabling students to take ownership for their own learning and through this route reach the high levels of cognitive performance and skills required for the 21st century world. In her most recent publication Room at the Top (2011), written for the influential UK government think tank, Policy Exchange, she challenged the notion of fixed abilities and of a finite number of students being able to reach high levels of cognitive performance. Professor Eyre has done pioneering work with schools through her educational models and has achieved outstanding results in countries as diverse as Saudi Arabia, South Africa and UK as well as in Nord Anglia Education’s 27 internationals schools.  A strong advocate for informal learning within the curriculum offer, as the Director of the UK government’s National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY) she established a ground-breaking pedagogy for online digital learning and in more recent years has developed this concept as part of a wider, school-based, holistic approach to curriculum for high performance.

Deborah has academic links to Oxford University, University of Warwick, Witwatersrand University, South Africa and Hong Kong Institute of Education. Past Vice-President of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Youth, she serves on the Boards of the Centre for Talented Youth (CTY), Baltimore, USA, Inspiring Futures (IF) and has previously served on the boards of the UK Teacher Development Agency (TDA) which is responsible for all pre-service teacher training and Continuing Professional Development in England and also the National College for School Leadership (NCSL) which trains school Principals and other school leaders. 

Professor Eyre is a well-established writer and is equally at home writing for academics, policy makers, teachers or parents. Her book for teachers, ‘Able Children in Ordinary Schools’ has become a seminal text, still in print 15 years after publication.

If you would like to attend this special evening, an open invitation is extended to all.