Gifted, High Attaining and Talented Provision
Student Survey 2014
A Guide for Parents
What ‘gifted’ means:
‘Gifted’ describes children and young people with an ability to develop to a level significantly ahead of their year group (or with the potential to develop those abilities):
‘gifted’ learners are those who have abilities in one or more academic subjects, like Maths, English and Science achieving at least one level 6 at Key Stage 2 with an average point score of 34+.
What ‘high attaining’ means:
‘high attaining’ – the Government has introduced a new cohort which they wish to track, as a school we are accountable for the students individual progress. On this basis we have now defined a high attainer as a student who has scored straight 5′s at Key Stage 2 or an average point score of 33.
What ‘talented’ means:
‘talented’ learners are those who have practical skills in areas like Sport, Music, Design or Creative and Performing Arts, these students will be teacher nominated by departments who will monitor and track their progress.
Skills like leadership, decision making and organisation are also taken into account when identifying and providing for gifted, high achieving and talented children.
How do we identify ‘Gifted, High Attaining & Talented’?
Using a combination of the following:
- Teacher recommendations
- Standardised tests. Eg. - KS2 SATS, CAT Tests (Cognitive abilities)
- Assessment of work
- Information from previous schools
- The use of generic and subject specific checklists
- Ongoing observations and assessment
- External agencies. Eg. - sports clubs, music organisations, drama groups
- Parent observations
What does our ‘Gifted, High Attaining & Talented’ work mean for your child?
Our ideas about ‘gifts, high attaining & talents’ are very inclusive. We want to find out about, nurture and celebrate the strengths of all our pupils, in the broadest sense.
We keep a register of strengths of our pupils and this is an ongoing process, not an end in itself. In addition, the department for Children, Schools and Families asks us to have our top 5-10% of pupils on a gifted, high attaining and talented register. These registers are used to inform and assess our teaching and learning provision.
What we will do to support your child’s strengths?
It is the responsibility for all our staff to support and develop your child’s interests and strengths. This is done through our routine planning processes and our differentiated approach. We recognize that whilst it is important to work on a person’s strength, we also need to broaden out their other abilities. Our aim is to deliver our ‘Gifted, high attaining & Talented’ provision within our mainstream classes, through challenging and stimulating learning, we also want to provide additional opportunities within and beyond the school day through exciting extra-curricular activities.
The school will celebrate all pupils’ achievements through assemblies, awards evenings and newsletters.
As part of a challenging curriculum students can be expected to:
complete the maths cipher challange
compete in the Year 7 Spelling Bee competition
become penpals and correspond through an international letter exchange programme
become an arts leader and work towards bronze, silver or gold accreditation
join the school council
take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award
fundraise and participate in the annual PE superstars competition
take part in school drama productions
Books that may be of interest to parents/carers
- “How the Gifted Brain Learns” by David A Sousa
- “Effectice Resources for Able and Talented Children” by Barry Teare
- “Help Your Talented Child” by Barry Teare
- “You’re Smarter Than You Think” by Thomas Armstrong
Some Useful websites
- www.mensa.org.uk – lots of IQ tests and puzzles.
- www.twicegifted.net – ths provides information on children who are gifted in conjunction with disability.
- www.extremeintellect.com – this is for everyone interested in the subjects of IQ intelligence, genius, memory and increasing knowledge.
- www.hoagiesgifted.org – this is full of resources, articles, books and links.
- www.iggy.net - this is a social network designed to help gifted young people realise their full potential. It gives members access to great educational resources and encourages them to work with top academics and other gifted young people around the world.
- www.nace.co.uk - The National Association for Able Children in Education. This specialises in supporting teachers in providing teaching and learning for able, gifted and talented pupils.
Co-ordinator for Gifted, high achieving & Talented: Mrs L McTeare