World class schools are consistently effective in securing excellent academic results for their students but they also produce students who can think for themselves, are socially confident and have experienced a rich diet of educational opportunities. These students exhibit the characteristics of advanced cognitive performance. High Performance Learning helps individual schools make the move from good to truly world class. High Performance Learning is an evidence-based, practical framework that allows policy makers to devolve ownership for improvement safely to school leaders and teachers, while simultaneously providing a construct that ensures accountability without creating a teach-to-the-test culture in schools. No-one in the education space at any level over the past 30 years can have been untouched by the debates surrounding education policy. Many of the architects of the large-scale system reforms have similarly engaged in a process of determining what to keep and what to ditch as school reform moves to a new stage.