The DCSF (Department for Children, Schools and Families) defines able, gifted and talented learners as:
“Those children and young people with one or more abilities developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group (or with potential to develop those abilities).”
They can be identified in any year and amount to approximately 7-10% of the school population.
More able learners are defined as those who have abilities in one or more subjects in the statutory school curriculum, other than art and design, music and PE. They have the capacity for, or demonstrate, high levels of performance in an academic area. This also includes children who are leaders or role models and who display outstanding leadership and/or social skills.
Gifted children are defined as those with an innate ability, who present a natural, outstanding aptitude or competence for exceptional performance.
A talented pupil is one who demonstrates high levels of achievement with a specific ability in a non-academic area, including art, music, sport or the performing arts.
It is worth remembering that able, gifted and talented pupils can be:
• Good all-rounders
• High achievers in one area
• Of a high ability but with low motivation
• Of good verbal ability but with low writing skills
• Very able but with a short attention span
• Very able but with poor social skills
Identification of ‘more able’ and gifted
Decisions on additions or alterations to more able lists are made by class teachers after October assessments. This judgement is made on the basis of reasoning, critical thinking, verbal responses and day-to-day class performance in addition to scores from assessments. Where appropriate, subject co-ordinators are also consulted. It is expected that pupils will be identified in maths, reading and writing but teachers may also highlight children who excel in other subjects such as science, humanities, RE or ICT. A pupil will only be described as ‘gifted’ if they are truly exceptional for their age.
Identification of Talented pupils
Talented pupils in the field of music, art, drama, dance or PE can be identified by specialist teaching staff. These will be children who already excel in an area or who show excellent potential to do so.
Tracking performance of ‘more able’ and ‘gifted’ pupils
Children identified as more able will be carefully tracked over the year and, where appropriate, across several years. Pupils will be expected to achieve 8 or 9 points (in identified subject area/s) by the end of term 6, representing accelerated progress of 5+ points from Term 1 to Term 6. A central record will be kept of all more able and gifted pupils and their performance across the year will be analysed as part of our ‘vulnerable’ group data.
Tracking of Talented pupils
Children identified as talented in music, art, drama, dance or PE will be tracked through the additional opportunities they are given and the way they respond to these. We would expect to see them flourish over the year as they are encouraged to develop their talent, both in and outside school.
Provision for ‘more able’ and ‘gifted’
The list below is in addition to the daily provision within class which enables more able pupils to be specifically stretched and challenged through quality first teaching.
• Mental maths groups for more able mathematicians from Year 2 to Year 6
• Maths co-ordinator runs additional AMA groups
• Inter-school maths challenges
• Reading group for most able readers in Year 5 and 6
• Writing group for most able writers in Year 5 and 6
• Able readers and able writer workshops with other schools for Year 6
• Science workshops for able scientists in Year 4 at Sevenoaks School
• Use of science laboratories at Sevenoaks School for Year 6
• Range of clubs allowing further development of interest area including writers’ club, science club etc.
• Individual programmes of challenge for ‘gifted’ children in Reception/KS1 including opportunities to participate in elements of the
Provision for Talented
• Inter-school competitions in a large range of sports
• External specialists teaching additional sessions in football, hockey, cycling, judo, horse riding etc
• Large range of sport clubs available to all
• Connections made to clubs outside school for specific pupils
• Drama club
• Drama performances at different key stages using the theatre at Walthamstow Hall
• Theatre visits
• Specialist teachers for street dance and ballet
• Dance performances outside school
• Opportunity to learn a range of instruments in school including piano, violin, recorder, brass
• School choirs perform outside school regularly
• School orchestra
• In-school concerts
• Inter-house art competitions
• Art Club