Our Mission




As a teacher-led and family–run business, Learning Performance provides schools with unique and innovative study skills, to help raise achievement and inspire a love of learning.

In 1992, Heather and Roger Starbuck, wanted to make learning easier for their son who struggled at school. They combined scientific evidence on how the brain learns and their experience as teachers, to create cutting – edge study skills workshops. Over 25 years later Learning Performance continues to be a family-run business with Carrie Starbuck, a former teacher and political adviser, as Managing Director.

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Is to work with all schools in the UK by 2022.
We will; Support school to raise achievement and aspirations. Advocate a research-led approach to teaching and learning. Embed metacognition, resilience and wellbeing into the learning culture of schools. Develop successful, independent and resilient learners.

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We work with 4 out of the top 10 best performing schools for pupils on free schools meals.

We work with over half of 2015 – 2017 Pupil Premium Award Winners.

94% of students rate our strategies as very good or excellent.

90% of students felt more confident in their studies.

100% of parents thought our workshops were worthwhile and wanted more!

80% of staff rated our strategies as very good or excellent.




Case Study: Tony Baldwin, Herne Bay High School

“I saw Carrie’s presentation at the Times Festival of Education; two or three weeks later I could still remember what she had been through and I thought that our students could really benefit with knowing these techniques. Having spoken to Carrie, and several others, at Learning Performance, I loved the family approach, the personalised service that we receive. I like to invest in people who I think I can work closely with and really understand the needs of the students.

The students selected were all part of the Pupil Premium cohort from Herne Bay High School. They were struggling to achieve consistently in all lessons, resulting in low academic performance. Throughout the workshops with Learning Performance these students grew with their level of confidence and were more motivated to do well within their exams. I have really enjoyed working with Learning Performance this year and look forward to expanding our relationship further during the next academic year.


Radio Interview

Chatsmore Catholic High School in Worthing. Students Nyasha Mukando, 15, and Thembe Moyo, 16, have been using the skills they learnt to help with their exam prep. Here's what they had to say about what they learnt.


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