Information about ‘gifted and talented’ children and the support available to help them.
What does ‘gifted and talented’ mean?
‘Gifted and talented’ is a term used in schools to describe children who have the potential to develop significantly beyond what is expected for their age.
‘Gifted’ refers to a child who has abilities in one or more academicsubjects, such as English or maths. ‘Talented’ refers to a child who has skills in a practical area such as music, sport or art.
How do I know if a student (or I) am gifted and talented?
A gifted child will tend to:
- develop speech and vocabulary early
- ask lots of questions and be very curious
- read early
- learn quickly
- have a good memory
- be good at puzzles
- enjoy problem-solving and reasoning
If you think a student or you are gifted or talented, speaking to a teacher about your interest and passion in the subject is the first thing you need to do! Explain why you think so and have some examples to illustrate your points.
Check out this American kid that made an app that went on to have 7 million downloads!
What support is available?
Schools have to meet the needs of all their pupils. They are required to provide more challenging lessons and other opportunities for gifted and talented children. As well as your child’s class teacher, you should talk to the teacher specifically responsible for gifted and talented pupils.
Schools register their gifted and talented pupils in their annual schoolcensus. They identify them based on test results, work quality and teachers’ and parents’ views. They need to demonstrate that they cater properly for these children’s needs.
Gifted children often need more support at school, but not necessarily more structured activities. They may need more freedom to learn at their own pace, and/or more guidance.
Schools need to nurture their pupils’ all-round development as well as their intellectual development. Sometimes gifted children need extra help to develop their social skills such as working well in groups.
The National Association for Gifted and Talented Children runs a support network to help parents – www.nagcbritain.org.uk
10% of each year group are identified on the Able & Talented register as the most able in that cohort. This selection process includes a range of identification methods used in conjunction with each other to ensure the range of abilities and talents are represented in this cohort.
Identification methods include:
- National Curriculum test results at Key Stage 2
- CATs results
- Subject teacher nominations
Talented pupils are identified purely through teacher nomination with specialist staff identifying the most able pupils in their subject area.
At Key Stage 4, an identified cohort of students who have the ability to be high achievers and would benefit from some extra support are selected. This is currently called the “National Challenge Able & Talented Cohort”.
Aims for the identified pupils
- to ensure all Able & Talented pupils have access to an appropriate curriculum
- to allow pupils to work at higher cognitive levels
- to provide opportunities for pupils to realise and develop specific skills and talents
- to develop the “whole” pupil in terms of social, intellectual and creative development
- to improve motivation and self esteem of Able & Talented pupils
- to raise the aspirations of Able & Talented pupils
Students from the cohort say:
“It is really good knowing that you always have a teacher to talk to who will listen and advise. It’s great to have that bond.” (Year 11 girl)
“I never thought I could achieve the higher grades, but have been pushed to achieve As and Bs – and I am doing it!” (Year 11 boy)
The school is determined to maintain this strong focus on progress for ALL pupils, and will push for more students to achieve those A/A* grades. We believe that ALL students should have the opportunity to reach THEIR full potential.
COMPUTING GIFTED AND TALENTED?
Links, videos and blog posts:
Here are some of the Myths of Giftedness.
Here’s a useful website on researching giftedness.
Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?
G&T pupils can blog their way to achievement: A way I used blogging with my gifted students was through a daily revision (often tech based) revision task over the Christmas break. An advent calendar of revision if you like. Each day leading up to their exams I posted a new task for them to dip into. I tried to keep it challenging while also fresh.
[Students] have got to get there themselves for it to be real and deep learning. Gentle guide and a pulling back on course from teachers can be very empowering for the gifted student. They discover things that can blow the most learned of us away. They have young fresh minds. We can learn a lot from them.
For some revision ideas, click here.
For an example of collaborative learning blogging and online teacher marking, visit Sarah Findlater’s blog.
Pearltrees also has some great revision resources.
GREAT SITE ON LEARNING TO CODE – THE OPTIONS
Click the image above for some great TECH articles and inspiration for the gifted and talented
http://readwrite.com/2013/06/19/a-handy-guide-to-google-project-loon#awesm=~o9drp7QB9T4otA (Google’s latest big idea!)
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