High Performance Learning is an advanced pedagogy that helps schools to become world class through systematically developing superior cognitive performance in all students. It enables students to enhance and build their own ability and to use it productively to obtain good academic results. High Performance Learning actively avoids labelling students as less able' or more able', but instead sees high academic performance as learnable and focuses on unleashing the learning ability we all possess and systematically developing it into an advanced form. Advanced learning opportunities tend to focus on critical and creative thinking and on problem-solving. The key to achieving advanced cognitive performance is that children and young people need to learn how to learn effectively and be encouraged to want to learn so that they will make maximum use of as many opportunities as possible. The learning journey is definitely one worth considering in relation to socio-economic and cultural barriers.