At Townsend Church of England School we believe in treating all pupils as individuals and so catering for their individual needs. All pupils including the most able are entitled to a challenging and stimulating curriculum that develops their full potential. Within the school’s general policy of inclusion, provision for able, gifted and talented pupils is a matter of equal opportunity and we must ensure that the most able have the opportunity to nurture their ability, stimulate their desire for life- long learning and to achieve and excel.
What is Able, Gifted and Talented (AG&T)
A Gifted student shows high ability in one or more subjects but also shows characteristics such as good leadership skills, creative thinking and problem solving.
A Talented student shows particular ability in practical subjects such as Art, Music, Sport, Performing Arts or Drama. They will often take place in extracurricular activities in this subject.
A more Able pupil will perform above the classroom average in one or more curriculum area.
How do we identify students as AG&T?
At Townsend the AG&T register is compiled using CATs score, Key Stage 2 and SATs results and Key Stage 3 data. We use this data to identify the top 5 to 10% of the year group.
Teachers then have the chance to nominate pupils who may be gifted and talented in their subject areas using the criteria detailed in the “subject specific criteria” area.
The registers are then reviewed and updated at regular intervals across the school year to ensure that we have an accurate and up to date view of our most able pupils.
How will your child know if they are AG&T?
After speaking to several of our able, gifted and talented pupils we have re-evaluated how we tell pupils they have been identified as AG&T. Pupils now receive a letter home explaining this and detailing the workshops taking place.
What provision does Townsend deliver for AG&T students?
Opportunities for AG&T students are varied and provided for all years, some examples are as follows
Within lessons: There are many ways that we challenge and extend the learning of the AG&T pupils within the classroom. These include access to extension tasks that work on higher level thinking skills and using challenge corner. We also encourage pupils to take leadership roles in group activities. Homework is set according to ability and extension tasks or projects are set in order to challenge our most able.
Extra-curricular: A number of activities are available outside the classroom to support and challenge our learners. These include clubs, guest speakers, workshops and activity days.
If you child has been identified as able, gifted and talented then they would have received a document containing information on what provision is currently in place for our gifted and talented pupils in the classroom as well as extracurricular activities and how to support your child at home with the inclusion of useful websites and activities. If you require another copy of this document please contact Miss Anthony.