Byrchall High School – More Able Learners

Rationale

The school is committed to helping all students achieve their potential intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially within the constraints of funding and available resources. We recognise that students who are identified as able, gifted or talented should be valued for these abilities. Therefore we aim to prepare our students for the twenty first century through developing a range of transferable skills, academic, technological, personal, social and moral in order to achieve this.

We will endeavour to provide a personalised curriculum that is appropriate and dynamic, which challenges and motivates able, gifted or talented students, and use resources to maintain interest and enthusiasm. To do this will require the co-operation of teachers, support staff, Governors, families and other key stakeholders.

Aims

  • To raise awareness of the educational and personal needs of able, gifted and talented students and support their pastoral development.
  • To provide enrichment, enhancement and extension opportunities alongside their peers.
  • To challenge and support able, gifted and talented learners through a personalised curriculum and methods of delivery.
  • To continually monitor and review whole school and subject provision.
  • To expand the aspirations of all students.
  • To encourage a culture of praise where excellence and achievement are valued and celebrated.

The More Able Learners Calendar of Activities & Events is available here.

Definitions

Able, gifted or talented students demonstrate a significantly higher level of ability than most students of the same age. Students can demonstrate a range of gifts and talents. These may be one or more of the following:

  • Academic and intellectual ability
  • Musical talent
  • Dramatic talent
  • Creative talent
  • Sporting/physical talent
  • Mechanical ingenuity
  • Organisational ability
  • Leadership and interpersonal skills
  • IT skills

Students who are able/gifted have the ability to excel academically in one or more subjects such as English, Maths, Science.

Students who are talented have the ability to excel in practical skills such as sport, leadership, artistic performance or in an area of vocational skill.

It is possible for students to be both gifted and talented and for some students to show very high ability in several areas.

Identification

The process of identification should be on-going and inclusive.

All students who are identified as More Able are those who have achieved a level 5 or above in English and/or Maths at Key Stage 2. In addition to our whole school list, departments may also wish to keep records of those students who demonstrate exceptional talents in their subject.

Strategies for Support

The main method will be through school based provision, where the school provides a personalised curriculum to challenge, enrich and enable the abilities, gifts and talents of the students to emerge and develop. Enrichment, extension and enhancement activities will allow the More Able students to interact with their peers in specific curriculum fields at higher levels than can normally be provided in the regular classroom.

Parents will be informed to encourage support and involvement. A designated, whole school More Able Co-ordinator will be responsible for supporting and monitoring these students, with support from the senior teacher responsible for teaching and learning and department representatives.

Provision in the Classroom

Classroom provision is of paramount importance. Each department is responsible for the planning, implementation of provision for More Able students. Head’s of department will oversee the self-reflective process to identify levels of provision and to inform future practices.

Key principles will be:

  • Establish prior knowledge, skills and understanding to avoid repetition
  • Create an ethos where it is acceptable to achieve highly
  • Identify underperformance
  • Ensure More Able students receive appropriate teaching and support
  • Adopt flexible grouping strategies
  • Differentiate by task
  • Differentiate by outcome
  • The use of higher order questioning to raise the level of challenge
  • Set targets
  • Fostering creativity
  • Setting high-challenging independent research tasks
  • Allow students to carry out tasks which stretch their capabilities
  • Incorporating AS level units into GCSE
  • Allow students to make choices about their work
  • Encourage students to recognise and value their achievements
  • Using assessment for learning strategies

Provision out of the Classroom

  • A wide range of extra-curricular activities and clubs
  • Enrichment activities
  • Extension activities
  • Collaboration with partner schools to provide joint activities
  • Involvement with external providers

Grouping

Students will normally be educated within their own year group. A variety of groupings will be employed as determined by the school’s curriculum. These include mixed ability groups and setting according to ability in specific subjects, including express set groups.