Gifted and Talented
We believe that all pupils should be encouraged and nurtured to achieve to their best abilities. We believe that through identification of children who are gifted and talented, we will provide a curriculum that is sufficiently challenging to all pupils. While understanding that every child has his/her own particular strengths, we recognise that there are some children who excel in particular areas of the curriculum, or who achieve consistently significantly above their peers. In providing for these pupils, we believe that all pupils will be exposed to a range of teaching strategies which will aide them to become critical and creative thinkers.
Pupils that consistently attain significantly higher than their peers in one or more subjects, other than art, music and PE, may be classified as ‘gifted’. This could also include children who may be seen to have ‘all round’ academic ability.
Talented pupils are those with particular ability in art, music, PE or in any sport or creative art.
Statistically, typically 5-10% of each pupil cohort may be considered as ‘gifted and talented’. Whilst we identify a core gifted and talented cohort, we also recognise that there may be children who are presently underachieving. It is crucial that our identification system is flexible enough to pick up these children, and allows them, too, to achieve their potential.
Identification of gifted and talented pupils is a flexible, continuous process. Progress of all children is monitored half-termly. Pupils who exhibit particular talents and abilities are brought to the attention of the Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator and placed on the register.
We respond to identification of gifted and talented pupils through the provision of appropriate challenge within the classroom and extra-curricular clubs. Recently we have arranged a video conference with the National Space Centre and a Go-kart building project. Bright Sparks is an after school club design to challenge and improve independent study skills of more able children. The children are offered a variety of projects which they can work to complete and earn ‘credits’. Children are also offered the chance to join organisations such as the School Parliament and the Eco-School Council where they can have a real impact on school life. In addition we offer sports, arts and ICT clubs, which are available to all children.
If you are a parent or guardian we would be really interested to hear if you think your child has any gifts or talents that we may not be aware of, or where you think your child’s strengths may lie.