More Able Gifted and Talented Students

MathsMore able pupils

are those whose academic performance is significantly above age expectations in two core subjects.

Gifted pupils

are those who demonstrate significant attainment in a specific subject or prodigious performance in the arts/sports.

Talented pupils

are those who demonstrate exceptional performance in one or more of the following although a pupil may be considered to have all three.

  • the arts or design (grade 4 or higher in one or more musical instruments, recognised excellence, published or public performance in art, literature or drama)
  • sports (local, regional, county or national representation)
  • a high level skill in a particular field outside the curriculum.
Our approach

We recognise that our More Able, Gifted and Talented students (MAGT) need access to broad, balanced and challenging curriculum opportunities to enable them to reach their true potential. With this in mind, we aim to develop the curriculum for them. We will achieve this by offering activities that extend and enrich their learning and promote high attainment and good progress.

Where appropriate, students will move through their learning at a faster rate than their peers. Particularly able students may be able to take mathematics, further mathematics and three sciences before Year 11. Students will also have the opportunity to study specialist subjects such as electronics and control technology.

Students on the MAGT register, alongside other higher attaining students, will be supported to reach their full potential through high-calibre, differentiated tasks and activities.

Supporting our Students

To support our More Able, Gifted and Talented pupils we will have:

Setting

Students are set by ability in core subjects and some foundation subjects such as languages. Other subjects will be taught in banded sets (e.g. geography, history and RE as humanities sets) and some subjects will be taught in mixed ability groups (e.g. Art, Music, Drama, PE).

Department Policies and Plans

Each department has a policy and development plan for MAGT students. This includes the means of identifying these students and strategies to cater for their needs.

A register of More Able, Gifted and Talented students 

We use a range of data to identify more able, gifted and talented students (MAGT):

  • We analyse results from National Curriculum Tests and Cognitive Ability Tests to identify MAGT students.
  • We also ask subject teachers to identify MAGT students and nominate them to be registered through department identification policies.

The MAGT register specifically indicates the curriculum areas in which the student has been identified as having strengths. Subject teachers and tutors are kept informed so that progress can be monitored closely.

Parental Support 

When students are placed on the MAGT register parents are informed and provided guidance on how they can support children with their learning.

Targets

The school has targets, overall and at subject level, for attainment and achievement of MAGT students.

Websites to support More Able Gifted and Talented students and their parents:

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