Gifted & Talented
Mrs. Booth is responsible for teaching and learning and educational standards across the whole school, and as such she will be ensuring that all children are appropriately differentiated for, thus enabling them to excel and make excellent progress across all of their chosen wide ranging subject choices.
What does Gifted & Talented mean?
‘Gifted students are those whose potential is distinctly above average in one or more of the following domains of human ability: intellectual, creative, social and physical. Talented students are those whose skills are distinctly above average in one or more areas of human performance.’ Françoys Gagné
Gagne’s key word is potential, as he like Moorland believes in the power of environmental factors, that being naturally academically intelligent is not enough; as a child needs support and guidance to achieve his or her gifted potential. Supporting and encouraging gifted children is exactly where home and school must come together in partnership to support key interests and talents.
We believe that if we fail to identify gifted and talented (G&T) students, then we potentially risk damaging our children who could feel stagnated and unchallenged by a rigid scheme of work. This could result in students becoming disengaged, sitting well below the attainment radar, and not working close to their predicted GCSE potential, as well as the potential risk of disregarding further higher education.
Giftedness is not necessarily found in attainment or in steady progress through the top of the level bands, or in exam results, and cognitive testing, IQ scores do not automatically equate with achievement.
Sadly, in our experience many schools often ignore the needs of students with exceptional potential, or miss the under-achieving gifted child due to inadequate identification and pressure on resources. We cannot afford to assume that G&T students will be all right, are easy to spot, just need more work, and that they do not need the nourishment that other SEN students require.
Moorland School uses various methods to ensure that G&T students are fully supported, and these include:
- Differentiation – Adapted resources and dynamic teaching styles to suit the different learning styles.
- Mentoring – Students allocated Mentors in Key Stage 4 to support their GCSE’s & BTEC programmes
- Master Classes – These are free additional support classes usually offered to Year 11 students after school between the hours of 4pm to 5pm. Teachers give up of their time to support topic weaknesses and to improve upon examination techniques and practice.
- Homework – This is set every evening, as this helps to reinforce learning, and establishes topic understanding, and identifies areas of support and teacher intervention. The regular marking of students books and homework’s also helps to inform a teachers planning.
- Acceleration – Some students are capable of taking certain GCSE’s earlier, and beginning further advanced studies which will support their A-Level intentions.
- Supported Independent Learning – Students may with the support of teachers and parents decide to extend their own learning within in certain topics of study, this can also me fully supported through the school’s intranet Edmodo.
- Competitions – This encourages students to compete, and to strive for success and recognition. A good example of this would be our recent debating successes in 2018, which has seen students flourishing, growing in confidence and gaining new life skills.