Able Child (G&T)
More able and gifted and talented children.
Our school values all children equally and endeavours to ensure that each child should have the opportunity to realise his/her potential in a challenging supportive environment.
The schools has, at any time, a number of able, talented or gifted pupils, some of whom may perform at a level that well exceeds the level of others in their class or that expected for children in their age group. This may be in one or more areas of learning.
We believe that we can make a difference in enabling these pupils to achieve the greatest possible progress and recognise the value and importance of identifying and celebrating their achievements and successes.
The school creates a climate in which success is valued by everyone and where individual differences are accepted. This involves:
- The identification of the particular needs of able children in all our planning
- The provision of appropriate resources
- The encouragement of children to be independent in their learning. This includes the provision of opportunities for them to organise their own work, access the resources they need, work unaided, make their own choices about work, evaluate what they are doing and be self-critical
- Flexibility of organisation which will include withdrawal, setting for a particular subject, cross-curricular enrichment projects or partial acceleration, thereby providing opportunities for the able child to work with others of similar ability
- The creation and adoption of mentorship, if it is felt appropriate, for a particular able child or group of children
- Celebration of achievement
In class our aim is to:
- Provide appropriate challenge through high quality tasks for enrichment and extension which will always be available (not “more of the same”) growing out of the subject/topic being studied by the whole class
- Plan work so that extension tasks are always available for able children, allowing for flexibility to adapt to changing needs/directions
- Differentiate appropriately through stimuli, resources, tasks, outcomes and responses
- Provide wide variety in what we prepare for the pupils and in what we ask them to do for us
- Set individual targets, not class targets which are shared with the child
- Set individual homework
- Encourage pupils to become independent learners by:
organising their own work
carrying out unaided tasks which stretch their capabilities
making choices about their work
developing the ability to evaluate their work and so become self critical
Out of the classroom:
The school will aim to encourage development through:
- Involvement in extra curricular activities and clubs
- Participation in school trips
- Musical, artistic and sporting opportunities
- Opportunities for entering competitions