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Gifted and Talented
St. Martin at Shouldham recognises that all of its pupils are unique individuals, at varying stages of readiness and ability, but each with their own individual potential.
Our policy starts with the expectation that there are gifted and talented learners in every year group. Teachers and other adults identify pupils who are gifted and talented. Gifted or talented children are often much more than simply higher than average. As a high-performing establishment, we are keen to help children reach their full potential by providing enriching opportunities and significant challenge and support throughout every year.
Ongoing assessment of educational performance and attainment enables the school to identify students who require significant differentiation of the curriculum and its content because they are achieving national standards with ease, and who would benefit from further enrichment and extension to achieve attainment levels commensurate with their ability or potential. There are many definitions of gifted and talented. This guidance builds on the work of Excellence in Cities (EiC), which identifies:
Gifted learners as those who have abilities in art and design, music, PE, or performing arts such as dance and drama.
The aims of our Gifted and Talent programme at school are:
- to educate children to the highest possible standards
- to develop the 'whole' child, socially, emotionally and intellectually
- to provide an extended curriculum for able, gifted and talented children within the daily literacy and numeracy hours, including individual objectives appropriate to ability
- to provide further work on Literacy, Numeracy, Speaking and Listening and Thinking Skills and using and applying in Mathematics
- to explore and implement strategies both within school and outside agencies to help able, gifted and talented children.
Provision, Enrichment and Extension
Provision for gifted and talented pupils takes place within the framework of the National curriculum subjects, but also provides opportunities to study topics and subjects outside of those frameworks. It is a combination of differentiation, enrichment, extension and acceleration that occurs as both in-class provision and out of class provision.
Children learn 'how to think', developing their thinking skills. By thinking skills, we mean any skills that support and structure the development of thinking. Thinking skills are clustered in the National Curriculum as follows:
- information processing skills
- reasoning skills
- enquiry skills
- creative thinking skills
- evaluation skills
- higher level questioning skills.
Meeting the needs of the able, gifted or talented child requires the help and understanding of both parents and the school. Both can support and encourage each other in educational provision.
St. Martin at Shouldham involves parents of gifted and talented children by keeping parents informed on strategies used in the school to extend the child's progress, and also by informing them about clubs and resources available outside school.
Our school celebrates 'excellence' - whether academic, musical, sporting, or personal achievement - with a culture of recognition and reward.