We believe in providing the best possible provision for pupils of all abilities. We plan our teaching and learning so that each child can aspire to the highest level of personal achievement. We have a commitment to ensuring all children achieve well including those identified as ‘gifted’ and or ‘talented.’ In the national guidelines, ‘gifted and talented’ is the term used to describe those children who are achieving, or have the potential to achieve, at a level substantially above the rest of their peer group.
Gifted refers to those pupils who are capable of excelling in academic subjects for their age, achieving at least one National Curriculum level above national expectations.
Talented refers to those pupils who excel in art and design, music, PE or performing arts such as dance and drama, identified by a marked talent or natural ability.
Provision is made for gifted and talented children within normal class teaching by differentiation and added challenge. This can take two forms (or a combination):
- horizontal: cross-curricular links involving using and applying learning / skills in new contexts;
- vertical: greater challenge from ‘harder’ work e.g. learning objectives for older children.
Often, we also provide enrichment or extension activities to promote their skills and talents further. The school holds regular enrichment activities across the curriculum including focus weeks or days, visitors to school and various extra-curricular activities including music, arts and sports. Where resources allow, we run specific additional activities for gifted and talented pupils e.g. Year 5 G&T pupils presently attend a debating conference and Year 6 attend our feeder Secondary School to do extension Mathematics work.