More Able and Talented Pupils
At Bengeworth we have a ‘More able and talented’ (MA&T) policy to ensure that those who fall on our MA&T register are having their needs met in terms of being challenged in the classroom, ensuring that work is differentiated, as well as providing opportunities to participate in extra learning opportunities both during and outside of school hours.
The More Able and Talented Graduated response is slightly different at Bengeworth (see below).
How do we support this?
At Bengeworth we adopt the following strategies and interventions to provide challenge and additional opportunity for our more able and talented pupils:
High Quality Teaching:
In class work is differentiated for pupils meaning that different levels are challenge are provided in class. Children can opt for more difficult work if they feel confident enough to do this. Teachers can extend work for the more able pupils through the use of higher level questioning and activities that are aimed at the top level of Bloom’s taxonomy model (see image below). Additionally, pupils who are more able may be able to tutor and help others in class once completing work as well as getting on with work as soon as it is set rather than listening to teacher instruction.
If a child needs extending over and above the support given in everyday high quality teaching then group intervention support can be offered. Examples of groups we run for our more able pupils include…
Workshops Half or full day workshops are run in school or at another local school for pupils with guests and teachers that specialise in particular areas e.g. science, maths, authors etc.
Sports Coaching At Bengeworth we have a specialist sports teachers who provides after school sports club throughout the year. Some of our pupils who are more able or have a skill in a particular sport can help out at these after school clubs and teach/coach other pupils alongside the teacher.
Art Development Identified pupils have worked with a local artist to create bespoke pieces of art that are now displayed in our school.
Some pupils will need more personalised and individual plans/ programmes to ensure that they are being encouraged to achieve to the best of their ability in school. Examples of interventions run in Bengeworth include…
Maths for the More Able has been created in association with NACE: the National Association for Able Children in Education and is underpinned by the quality standard for gifted and talented teaching and learning. This programme has activities designed to deepen children's understanding and get them reasoning at a higher level.
Philosophy for Children (P4C) - Philosophy for Children aims to develop ‘the 4 C’s’ through the programme these are; creativeness, caring attitudes, collaboration and critical thinking. These skills are developed through getting the group to think of open philosophical questions around a stimulus (video, story, and picture) and to discuss and debate the chosen question, explaining ideas and listening
What can you do?
If you believe that your child may have a particular talent in a subject or skill then please contact the school about this as we would love to know what your child might do outside school.
If you have been informed by the school that your child is deemed more able in a particular subject you can support them by:
- Encouraging them to attend an after school subject club
- Help them to use study skills to organise information (e.g. using mind maps)
- Encourage them to take part in extra curricula activities related to the area they are more able in
- Encourage them and support them in the children’s University scheme, includes taking pupil on educational visits e.g. to gallery’s, museums, workshops or completing the activity sheets provided by school.
If you would like to inform us of an ability, gift or talent that your child demonstrates to a high degree of proficiency then please complete and return the form attached to the letter below.
National Association for Able Children in Education: http://www.nace.co.uk/
London Gifted and Talented (provide tools and tips for teachers which could also be used at home) - http://londongt.org/#top
Brunel Able Childrens Centre (BACE) - Read about research in more able children http://www.brunel.ac.uk/cbass/education/research/bace
Aspire - Workshops, ideas and events for More Able Pupils http://aspire-ma.com/
Family Education -Information for parents as well as games and activities to challange your child https://www.familyeducation.com/school-learning/gifted-education
Potential Plus - Information for schools, parents/carers including advice sheets and resources https://www.potentialplusuk.org/
Hoagies - Links for both parents and children with activities and reading http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/ to others views and opinions.