More Able / Gifted & Talented

More Able/G & T Policy

Introduction

At The Coseley School we are committed to providing the highest standard of teaching and learning experiences for all pupils.

Aim

It is our aim to ensure that the more able/G & T pupils have the experiences that they require to match their needs.

Defining able, G & T

The able pupil

Able and gifted pupils are considered to have strong intellectual and academic abilities. They are considered to have the ability to achieve at a level significantly higher than their peers. The gifted pupils are usually considered the very high achievers within the able group.

The able pupil will have joined Coseley with KS2 Maths & English level 5 (or above)

We would expect that the able pupil demonstrates one or many of the following characteristics:-

  • Ability to learn more quickly and easily
  • Greater reasoning ability
  • More than usual persistence
  • Greater speed of thought
  • Greater memory
  • More extensive vocabulary
  • More accurate powers of observation
  • A vivid imagination
  • Leadership skills
  • Greater initiative
  • Well developed sense of humour
  • High personal standards
  • Divergent thinking
  • High sensitivity
  • Obsessive interests

We would expect that the ‘more able’ pupil may have the following needs:-

  • Less practice at tasks
  • Less detailed instruction
  • More independence of study
  • Open-ended activities
  • Abstract tasks
  • A wide variety of opportunities
  • To be treated as a child whatever their intellectual level
  • Space and time to experiment
  • Challenging questions demanding higher-order thinking skills
  • To take risks in an organised way

The talented pupil

A talented pupil may have a particular ability and excel in the arts or PE.

Strategies for meeting needs:

Able pupils are identified based on performance at KS2 using data collected from primary school. This is shared with whole staff.

Talented pupils are identified by staff and a register is kept. This register is updated regularly and shared with whole staff.

All lessons will be delivered teaching to the highest ability range and differentiated appropriately for other learners in the class.

Differentiation can be achieved in various ways:-

Differentiation by outcome – the same material, stimulus, or tasks are used for all pupils.

Differentiation by resource – this method is based upon the fact that some pupils are capable of working with more advanced resources than others.

Differentiation by task – a variety of tasks are provided so as to provide for the range of individual pupils in the class. More able children can start at a different point.

Differentiation by support – the amount and degree of help provided can be differentiated to meet the needs of individual pupils.

Differentiation by pace – some pupils need to move forward very gradually whilst more able pupils can sustain a much quicker pace.

Enrichment

TCS will aim take part in all appropriate G & T/more able activities both locally and nationally.

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