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Gifted and talented

It is recognised that 2-5% of young people may be categorised as gifted in the sense of possessing exceptional ability in most or many areas of experience. Up to a further 10% may be exceptionally talented in only certain specific areas. Box Hill School aims to provide for the individual needs of all students. Therefore, it is important that the needs of Gifted and Talented students should be recognised and strategies developed for their identification and support. It is critical to recognise the existence of all round exceptional ability but we also acknowledge the greater number of students who are gifted in specific areas.

There should be flexible provision for students requiring enrichment and support in order to achieve their full potential and raise their aspirations and attainment by developing their:

  • Ability to learn
  • Range of knowledge
  • Core skills such as problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Specific talents

A variety of processes will enable individual Gifted and Talented students to be identified.

The curriculum will take into account the needs of Gifted and Talented students through differentiation, extension, enrichment and acceleration, making use of all available expertise. The pastoral needs of Gifted and Talented students will be recognised and supported by the school. 

Identification of the cohort of Gifted and Talented students

The identification of Gifted and Talented students is not an easy task. A variety of methods should be employed which can give reasonable information collectively.

The school may take advantage of information about students from a variety of sources:

  • Teacher recommendation- Heads of Department and Heads of Year
  • Parents
  • Peers
  • Primary or Preparatory school recommendation2
  • Records of achievement
  • Formal tests – Cognitive Ability Tests
  • Records of national curriculum attainment levels
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Team activities
  • Screening information

General checklists of the characteristics of gifted students will be used to support staff referral

  • The subject-specific checklists will be used to identify students
  • A differentiated curriculum will enable students to demonstrate their abilities

The two main identification strategies are likely to be screening and staff referral. Identified students should be known to all their teachers and their progress monitored.

The school updates a gifted and talented register for each key stage annually which is available on the shared area in the monitoring folder. 

Curriculum

The central aim of Box Hill School is to provide all of our students with educational experiences and opportunities which will enable them to discover and fulfil their   own potential. All programmes of work will have opportunities for enrichment and extension activities. Differentiation will be built into our curriculum planning:

  • Differentiation by outcome. Students may respond at very different levels to the same initial stimulus.
  • Differentiation by task. Some materials or activities will be accessible to only the most able students.
  • Differentiation by pace. Gifted and Talented students need the facility to proceed at a greater speed. There will be a commitment to developing extension and enrichment materials which:
  • Allow individuality of response
  • Encourage creativity and imagination
  • Satisfy developmental stage rather than chronological age
  • Stress process rather than content
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