Able, Gifted and Talented
As a recent recipient of a NACE (National Association of Able Children in Education) Challenge Award our provision for the support and development of Able, Gifted and Talented learners has been recognized as being excellent. At The Kingswinford School great value is placed on ability and excellence in all areas of the curriculum. The school’s Able, Gifted and Talented Programme includes students of all ages who have demonstrated a high level of ability or promise in their studies. Once identified such students enter an accord with the school and their parents/carers to promote and nurture their potential and are offered every opportunity to enrich their educational experience and realize their innate abilities.
All students have an entitlement to the following:
- Staff commitment and training to develop students’ full potential at all times.
- Lessons that stimulate, engage, challenge, inform, excite and encourage.
- Skilled, well-prepared and informed teachers who have a perspective and understanding of whole school needs, problems and policies, especially those concerning issues related to those students identified as Able, Gifted and Talented.
- An entitlement beyond subject teaching, including preparation for adult life and preparation for the world of work. This should include extra-curricular activity, personal and social education, careers guidance and counselling and outside school ventures, such as work experience.
Using a broad definition of Able, Gifted and Talented a school system could expect to identify approximately 5% of its student population as Able, Gifted and Talented. The following definitions will help you understand what this means.
Specific academic aptitude
Students with specific academic aptitudes are identified by their outstanding performance on an achievement or aptitude test in one area such as Mathematics or History at Key Stage 4, or often based on their consistently high performance in lessons. At Key Stage 3, students with particularly developed academic skills are identified using their CATS scores and/or via teacher/peer/parental nomination.
Specific creative abilities
Talented tends to refer to those students with more creative or kinaesthetic abilities, such as Music, Art, Drama, Dance or Physical Education. This may be students who compete at National level in certain activities or who have achieved particularly challenging certification for their abilities. They may also be students who consistently produce outstanding work in the Expressive Arts subjects in school.
General intellectual ability or talent
Parents and teachers often recognise students with general intellectual talent by their wide-ranging fund of general information and high levels of vocabulary, memory, abstract word knowledge and abstract reasoning.
Identification and Monitoring
Able, Gifted and Talented Students Register
- Year 7 students achieving an average CATS score of >131 are identified
- Teacher, parental and peer nominations also take place throughout both Key Stages.
- Key Stage 4 students are identified based on their abilities in specific subjects.
- They are added to the Able, Gifted and Talented Register and parents are informed.
- Students are continually monitored by teaching staff, who may nominate further students for inclusion in the Able, Gifted and Talented Register for outstanding performance in their subject area, or in any other activity staff become aware of.
- Parental, self or peer nominations for inclusion in the Able, Gifted and Talented Register, supported by relevant evidence, can also be submitted at any time.
- There is a formal yearly review and update of the Able, Gifted and Talented Register in the Summer term.
The Star Student Register
- This register is for students who are certainly Able, Gifted and Talented in subjects, but who do not quite meet exemplary requirements of the Able, Gifted and Talented register, which should effectively be no more than 5% of the school cohort. It is our belief that all outstanding students should be recognised as such, hence why we have this second register.
- Students in all years are identified by teachers on a yearly basis and may, as a result, have opportunities made available to them to develop their abilities further.
Provision Within The Curriculum
Teaching and Learning
Within the curriculum, we have been working to extend the expertise of our staff in providing a rich and varied range of activities specifically designed to extend our Able, Gifted and Talented students. Teaching strategies have been developed to include different intelligences and learning styles, extending the provision in response to what the students themselves have told us helps them to learn. A few examples of such provisions are listed below:
- Trips to specific Expressive Arts Development centres, such as Ingestre Hall.
- Art workshops featuring outside artists.
- Triple award science offered to students who are particularly able.
- Theatre trips.
- Professional writers visits in English.
- Enigma code cracking ventures in Mathematics
- Maths challenges for KS3 and KS4.
- Opportunities for students to write and adapt their own Software in ICT.
Across the school, we provide a wide range of opportunities for Able, Gifted and Talented students to develop their skills further outside of curriculum areas. These opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Young Enterprise.
- More Able Conferences and debates for subject areas such as Geography.
- School bands.
- Music tuition.
- Talent shows.
- University trips in various curriculum areas.
- A wide variety of sporting opportunities.
- Assisting in one off science ventures, recent examples including a glass workshop and Stargazing.
These activities are just some of the extra curricular provisions that exist at The Kingswinford School to challenge and stretch our brightest minds!
There are a number of formal and informal ways that we maintain contact with parents. These include:
- An initial letter is sent home following the inclusion of a student in the Able, Gifted and Talented register.
- Letters are sent home to inform parents / carers of any new master classes or courses being offered.
- These dedicated pages of the school website hold information on the different aspects of the Able, Gifted and Talented programme.
- Items in the school newsletters celebrate the achievements of our More Able and Star Students and keep parents informed of forthcoming events.
- Parents are periodically asked for feedback.
- Futuremorph - an exciting website about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
- Music Theory (for aural training and theory work)
- Hofnote (for more aural training. Subscription site)
- Gigajam (for learning to play bass, guitar, keyboard and drums with video tutorials)
- Sphinx Kids
- Dallas Symphony Orchestra Kids