|Gifted and Talented Pupils|
A Day at the Races January 2007
Huntingdon Race Course
|Mixed age pupils came together to work on the Day at the Races|
Gifted and talented links
Some of the sites below will help give you more specific information to help your child.
A collection of problems to be solved, presented at different levels.
Solutions can be emailed to the site. An excellent site, can be used both individually and collaboratively.
Maths focus, information for parents. Online Maths challenge.
National Academy for Gifted & Talented Youth hosted by the University of Warwick. This is for pupils from 11-19 but may be of interest to parents
A site that connects G&T young people with arts based advice and information.
An extensive database of resources to meet the specific needs of teachers, parents, students and advisors for gifted and talented provision, research and resources. Organised into subject specific areas.
Look here for a large range of activities/resources and assessments from Primary to A Level. The site is separated into areas for Teachers / Parents / Pupils
The Paper is an innovative newspaper project aimed at young people between 10 & 18. Based in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, it welcomes the involvement of young journalists, photographers and artists from other parts of the UK and around the world.
How should schools support Gifted and Talented Pupils?
Teachers should aim to make learning challenging and enjoyable, so that all pupils, including the gifted and talented, achieve their full potential. Gifted and talented pupils need to be given opportunities to study some, or all, subjects to a greater depth and breadth and, sometimes, at a faster pace. However, it is important to bear in mind that, whether gifted or talented, a pupil is first and foremost a child who will need encouragement and support in order to develop as a whole person. This support is crucial where there are marked discrepancies between a child's gifts or talents and their emotional, physical or social development, or where there are specific learning difficulties.
A definition of 'gifted and talented
Many schools now use the Excellence in Cities definitions of these words. The gifted are those with high ability in one or more academic subject, and the talented are those with high ability in sport, music, visual arts and/or performing arts. Schools are encouraged to identify the top 5-10% of each year group as gifted or talented, regardless of the general level of ability within the school. Some schools prefer to use benchmarks to identify their gifted pupils.
Children may also have abilities, such as advanced social skills and leadership qualities that fall outside the given definitions. These should also be recognised and provided for.
Opportunities for Gifted and Talented pupils at Spaldwick
We have a G&T register of pupils which is updated frequently. Pupils are identified by using pupil assessment data and teacher professional judgement, informed further by parental input at parent interviews and through a Talent form identifying children's experiences out of school.
We endeavour to provide cross curricular challenge opportunities for our G&T pupils, as with this terms Space Challenge, and opportunities for subject specific experiences, such as the annual maths challenge. Last year we had a pupil who qualified for a Gold award in this activity. We help facilitate or invite identified pupils to attend school based activities - voice instruction last year and of course gymnastic
We also inform parents of opportunities outside school that may benefit pupils - county sports, choirs etc.