Byrchall High School – Parent Information

Rationale

Our 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.

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.

Identification

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.

What is our school doing to support your More Able child?

The main method will be through school based provision, where the school provides a personalised curriculum to challenge, enrich and enable the abilities of the students to emerge and develop. Enrichment, extension and enhancement activities will allow 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 (Miss Beattie) will be responsible for supporting and monitoring these students, with support from the senior teacher (Mr Paul) responsible for teaching and learning and department representatives.

In addition to the strategies used in the classroom by their teachers –More Able Learners will also have access to a wide range of support beyond the classroom. This includes:

Enrichment within School

  • School clubs (Please refer to the school’s extra-curricular program which can be found on our school website)
  • Twilight sessions with guest speakers
  • Workshops with visitors and speakers from outside school
    • Live ‘N’ Learn Workshops
    • Winstanley Student Associates Scheme
  • Online accredited courses
  • Subject-specific mentoring schemes
  • Booster classes
  • Mentoring programs
    • Maximising Achievement Group (Y11)
    • Manchester Metropolitan University Mentoring Program (Y10)
  • Form Time Projects
    • Reach for the Stars Activities (delivered across all years)
  • Aspirational Assemblies (delivered to all years by More Able Co-ordinator)

Enrichment outside School

Encouraging More Able students to participate in enrichment activities outside of school is vital. It is particularly important for the development of activities that cannot be catered for in school and provides and invaluable opportunity for students to progress learning beyond the classroom.

  • Trips and visits e.g. art galleries, museums, science centres and nature reserves.
  • Masterclasses ran by local clusters
  • College/University ran masterclasses
  • College/University Campus Visits
    • Manchester University Campus Visit
    • Oxford University Campus Visit
  • Summer School
    • Manchester Metropolitan University Summer School Program
  • Residential courses
  • Outdoor activities
  • Lectures and public events
  • Voluntary work

What can you do as a parent to support your More Able child?

Exploring areas of interest with your child is a good start to extending their learning. It enhances their motivation and can help to prevent them from underachieving at school. It can also be a way of spending some quality time with your child, whilst showing an interest in their education.

There are a number of practical steps that can be taken to support and nurture your More Able child by encouraging them to:

  • Utilise the local library as a learning and research resource
  • Visit museums, science centres, nature reserves and art galleries
  • Watch educational and current affairs programmes such as the news, wildlife/nature programmes and documentaries
  • Read quality national and local newspaper
  • Discuss and debate topics, such as politics, the environment and the media
  • Discuss school work and homework and provide support, where appropriate
  • Take part in extra-curricular activities such as clubs and societies inside or outside school
  • Take on a part time job or jobs in and around the home, in order to develop a sense of responsibility and skills such as prioritising and time management
  • Take an active part in family decision making
  • Listen to different types of music
  • Exercise and exercise with them
  • Socialise and relax in-between work
You may also support you child by:
  • Providing suitable learning resources such as books, encyclopaedias and magazines
  • Organising day trips and visits to places of educational interest
  • Building cultural experiences, trips and excursions into family holidays.

Useful Websites

We have recently added a ‘More Able Learners’ area to our school website. In this section you will find up to date information of activities or events that are happening in school or the local community to support More Able Learners. In addition to this you will also be able to find copies of letters sent out to parents and good news/success stories of our More Able Learners past and present.

National Association for Gifted Children
Link
BBC Education
BBC Gifted and Talented
London Gifted and Talented

Iggy
The School Run
Potential Plus
Mensa

School-Home Links

In school there is a staff member who is responsible for overseeing the provision and support for More Able Learners:

Mrs Crowley

They can be contacted by phone or email:

kcrowley@byrchall.wigan.sch.uk

We also have a senior member of staff Mr Paul (Assistant Headteacher) who liaises with the More Able Co-ordinators on a regular basis.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like any further information regarding the support and provision for your child.