More Able and Talented
More Able and Talented Coordinators:
Miss C. Smith, Mr K Ryan
At Trinity School we are committed to ensuring that all pupils can maximize their potential through a both nurturing and challenging school environment. We aim to offer a curriculum that provides opportunities for all pupils.
More able pupils at Trinity School will create a portfolio of their best work in their specialized subject(s), document extra- curricular and enrichment activities and evidence their achievements throughout their time at Trinity. This will be beneficial to them as they progress through their school life and into their chosen career paths.
In addition, this year we have introduced the Higher Project Qualification for our Year 9 More Able and Talented cohort. This will gain them half a GCSE but more importantly, provide them with the foundation layer of skill they will use at university. The qualification requires them to undertake a research project of their own choice where they will choose their title, gather data and research, produce a report on their findings and present their findings to an audience.
What does it mean to be More Able and Talented?
Pupils who have been identified as More Able and Talented are within the top 10% of their cohort at Trinity. They may either be high achievers already or they may have the potential to be high achievers. Some pupils will be More Able and Talented in a range of subjects but all pupils will specialize in at least one subject.
How are pupils identified as More Able and Talented?
At Trinity School, we have many ways to identify students who are more able and talented including:
· On-going assessment
· Teacher nomination
· Transition information
· Overall attainment
· Overall progress
The school continually monitors and reviews identified pupils throughout the school year.
Aims of the More Able and Talented Program
· To provide support
· Provision in school
· Differentiated activities
· Extension activities
· Independent work
· Grouping by ability
Pupils who have been identified as More Able and Talented will have differentiated and extension and enrichment activities will be available to them in lessons. They may also have opportunities to do independent work in lessons, or even different work from the rest of the class to encourage their thinking and learning skills. Pupils may work in high ability groups and some subjects are set by ability.
What can I do for my child at home?
There are many ways that parents can support their more able children. Below are just a few ideas that you may like to try.
1. Encourage them to take up a hobby.
2. Encourage independent research (Use local libraries or the school library which has a range of materials for the more able student.)
3. Encourage them to read national newspapers or to watch the news on television, to help their knowledge of current affairs.
4. Talk to them about what they have learnt in school during the day and what has particularly interested them.
5. Support homework activities by ensuring that the work is completed to a high standard.
6. Encourage creative and independent interests using resources either from local libraries, the internet or Trinity School.
7. Help to develop team skills including cooperation and leadership by encouraging your child to take part in team games and sports.
8. Encourage your child's work in school, providing rewards for good work, to stimulate an environment of positive achievement.
9. Talk to them about Thinking Skills and encourage them to do lateral thinking puzzles etc., to increase and develop these skills.
10. Use the websites below for resources and ideas to your child's development. If you do not have Internet access at home, encourage your child to use the Internet at school.
Information is also available from Nicky Emptage, Executive Director of the Bexley Education Improvement Partnership on 020 83201423 or firstname.lastname@example.org
National Association for Able Children in Education
National Association for Gifted Children
World Council for Gifted & Talented Children
World Class Arena
Hoagies Gifted Education
National Literacy Trust
Young Peoples Trust for the Environment
How Stuff Works
Food Technology and Catering
Please do not hesitate to contact the More Able and Talented Coordinators with queries or questions.