In our school we aim to provide a curriculum that is appropriate to the needs and abilities of all our children. We plan our teaching and learning in such a way that we enable each child to reach for the highest level of personal achievement.
In these guidelines the term ‘gifted’ refers to a child who has a broad range of achievement at a very high level. Those children who are able often have very well-developed learning skills. The term ‘talented’ refers to a child who excels in one or more specific fields, such as sport or music, but who does not perform at a high level across all areas of learning. In our school, however, we use the terms ‘able’ ‘more able’, ‘most able’ and ‘exceptionally able’ to describe the continuum of need for pupils with outstanding abilities, who, at a national level, are referred to as ‘gifted’ and ‘talented’.
We aim to:
Children undergo ongoing assessment from the moment they start in Reception class. This progress is monitored and discussed with the parents.
As the children progress through the school, we test them regularly to ensure that they are making the sort of progress that we are expecting of them in their personal targets. We identify them as more able and most able children when they achieve high levels of attainment across the curriculum, or in particular skills or aspects of subjects. We also wish to identify the following range of talents in addition to high intellectual ability:- sporting ability, musical talent, dramatic talent, innovative designers, creativity, leadership skills, organisational ability, mechanical ingenuity, and a high level of interpersonal skills. These skills are recognised and acknowledged in Family assemblies.
Please find our full policy below available as a downloadable PDF.