Gifted and Talented
You are no doubt familiar with the term ‘Gifted and Talented’, but may not be sure exactly how it is applied to young people in school.
The Department for Education defines gifted and talented students as ‘young people with one or more abilities developed to a level significantly ahead of their group (or with the potential to develop these abilities)’.
- Gifted learners are ‘those who have an ability to excel academically in one or more subjects’ whilst
- talented learners are ‘those who have the ability to excel in practical skills such as sport, leadership and artistic performance’.
The definition of gifted and talented students is, of course, relative to every individual school population; the Department for Education assumes that approximately 10% of every school’s intake will be identified as gifted and talented.
Here, at the High School, we work to ensure that educational provision recognises the equal rights of gifted and talented students, that provision for them should be an integral part of effective learning and teaching and that all experience this in a challenging, stretching and stimulating environment.
We aim to identify gifted and talented learners as quickly as possible using a variety of methods including:
- teacher nomination
- assessment of learning in subject specific tests
- predictive and summative data
- recommendations from primary schools
- identification by response to differentiation.
Additional support, via a montoring system, is available for those students identified as gifted and talented in four or more subjects at Key Stages 3 and 4 and two subjects at KS5. This programme allows students to meet each term, or more often if desired, with a staff mentor. Discussions range over a variety of topics that impact on academic, social and emotional welfare. Projects for extension and challenge might be negotiated. The aim is to allow these students to structure sessions with their mentor. Mentors meet at regular intervals to assess and evaluate the efficacy of the programme.
Students are supported in the classroom through a variety of strategies, some of which are:
- planning for differentiation
- varied questioning techniques
- extension opportunities
- creating opportunities for learners to adopt leadership/supportive roles
- problem-solving investigations, etc
Gifted and talented provision is not restricted to what goes on within the classroom, however. An extensive range of enrichment opportunities is offered, allowing students to develop further their gifts, talents and interests. Some of these include school clubs, work-related opportunities, residential courses at a centre catering for able students, theatre trips, visiting speakers etc.
Our Gifted and Talented Calendar records these events each year.
You can download our latest Gifted and Talented Enrichment Calendar by clicking the link below.