Convent Drive, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 3SF
At St Clare’s Primary School we want every child to fulfil their potential. We are constantly looking at ways to improve the provision for all children including the more able and talented. We are currently working towards the NACE Challenge Award.
We recognise exceptionally able pupils as those who are working significantly above their peers,
Pupils can be identified in one or more subject areas and information about their strengths is stored on a register. This ensures that their progress is regularly monitored and reviewed. Teachers are also aware of the pupils and can provide opportunities to develop specific gifts or talents and appropriate challenges
How are pupils added to the register?
Our teachers consider a range of evidence in order to judge whether a pupil is considered to be More Able or Talented. This may include attainment information, observations and information passed to the teacher from parents regarding achievements outside of school.
If the teacher requires further evidence to add a pupil to the register they may be placed on a separate list which means that they will be monitored closely and given further opportunities to display their talents or skills.
Will a registered pupil stay on the register throughout their time in school?
Not necessarily. The register is continually reviewed and as primary pupils tend to show peaks and troughs in their progress, the register is fluid. This does not mean that a child removed from the register has taken a step backwards or that their progress has lapsed. It may simply mean that other children in their year group are now working at a similar level. The purpose of the register is to make sure that every child experiences a broad and challenging curriculum that is matched to their ability, not to label or box pupils into a ‘more able and talented’ category.
How are parents involved in the review process?
At parent consultations, your child’s teacher will provide suggested targets which will correspond with higher level skills in areas relating to your child’s strengths. The class teacher will discuss with you their ideas for provision to support your child in achieving their targets. It is important that you, your child and their class teacher are in agreement, as these targets will be used to help monitor your child’s progress throughout the year.
How are the More Able and Talented pupils challenged?
Our pupils are challenged in a variety of ways including through appropriately challenging activities, open-ended tasks (where ‘the sky is the limit’), leadership roles, becoming an ‘expert’ to explain more challenging concepts to other pupils, ‘Challenge Corners’, extra-curricular and curriculum enrichment opportunities. Wherever possible, pupils will be given the opportunity to work on projects with secondary schools or other primary schools, with children of similar abilities.
In day-to-day learning, pupils are often given differentiated work tasks, i.e. tasks that provide a greater challenge or scope for extended investigation. Where our More Able or Talented pupils are given the same tasks as their peers, teachers would expect to see a higher level outcome and would encourage pupils to aim high.
We offer a wide range of sporting opportunities, through
We celebrate extra-curricular achievements through our St Clare’s Got Talent board where pupil’s photographs certificates and awards are displayed.
Our More Able writers are invited to join our school newspaper team. This team of writers meet once a fortnight and write articles about the latest school events. The newspaper is published once every half term.
Each week, our “Show and Tell” assembly is an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the achievements of pupils who challenge themselves to excel in a particular area. At the end of every term, parents are invited to an achievement assembly where pupils are presented with awards for multiples of 5 show and tell certificates. You will also see a range of work by our More Able and Talented pupils in displays around our school.
We are keen for our pupils to have an active voice in school and a number of our More Able and Talented pupils are part of our School Council and Eco-Council.
Our Equal Opportunities Policy states that we are fully committed to providing an equal opportunities environment in which everyone is able to fulfil their potential and to feel pride in their identity.
For our staff, parents/carers, volunteers, and wider adult community, we aim to provide equality regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race (this includes ethnic or national origins, colour or nationality), religion or belief (this includes lack of belief), sexual orientation. We recognise all of the above as protective characteristics.
For our children, we seek to provide the same quality and breadth of opportunity for all, regardless of age, race, religion or belief, colour, gender, sexual orientation, social background, special physical or educational needs.
No aspect of school life can be excluded from equality’. We hope that the range of opportunities that we provide for our More Able and Talented pupils will promote self-confidence and ambition. However, if a parent were to feel that their child had a negative experience socially or emotionally, they should always speak to their class teacher in the first instance, as they would for any other concern.
For more information about More Able and Talented children at St Clare’s please contact Mrs Dushan (More Able and Talented Co-ordinator).