More Able and Talented

Supporting More Able and Talented Learners

Advice for parents and guardians

At Trinity School we are committed to recognising, developing and supporting the individual strengths of all students. We are dedicated to ensuring the needs of more able and talented learners are met throughout the school.

More able and talented characteristics can include a wide vocabulary, a powerful memory, intense curiosity and concentration, a wide general knowledge, a vivid imagination and strong feelings and emotions.

Parents can support their able and talented children in a variety of ways, such as supporting their interests through outings and visits, actively encouraging their hobbies, reading with them and developing their curiosity through asking questions. Able, gifted and talented children often like playing games, solving puzzles and enjoy interacting both with adults and their peers. Each more able, gifted and talented child has an individual set of needs and expectations which can be met with the school working in partnership with students and parents.

What does more able, gifted and talented mean?

The words “able”, “gifted” and “talented” can be used in many different ways. Broadly speaking they can be used to describe the following students:

  • A student with exceptional ability who achieves, or has the ability to achieve, at a level significantly in advance of their peer group. This may be in all areas of the curriculum or in a limited range.
  • A student with exceptional aptitude who has the capacity for, or currently demonstrates, high levels of performance in an academic discipline or other creative, sporting, or similar pursuit.

At Trinity School we have a many ways to identify students who are more able, gifted and talented including:

  • Teacher nomination
  • Subject criteria
  • Assessment results
  • Peer nomination
  • Parental information
  • Discussions with children

The school continually monitors identified students and looks for gifts and talents in all learners including:

  • Physical talents in sport and the arts
  • Ability rather than achievement, so that underachievers are amongst those identified
  • Leadership and social awareness
  • High intelligence (e.g. exceptional mathematical or linguistic ability)
  • Creativity

There are able, gifted and talented learners in every year group in every school. We aim to ensure that a minimum of 10% of the students at school are identified.

Supporting more able, gifted and talented learners

Through the curriculum…

Curriculum opportunities arise through the ways in which the curriculum is organised for students. This may include accelerated courses where tests or exams are taken earlier than usually expected.

  • Provision in School
     School curriculum s broad and has opportunities for accelerated learning
     Accelerated group in every year at KS3
     Grouping by ability in some subject areas
     Personalising learning ensures opportunities match the needs of students for example including ‘going for gold’ activities in every lesson
  • What we are doing to support students…
     Communicate regularly with parents as part of the cycles to inform about academic performance and progression
     Producing Reading Lists for all subjects across the curriculum to support independent reading
     Providing iPads in every class to support independent learning
  • What you can do to help your child…
     Support learning through trips and visits that link to topics of interest.

Through outstanding teaching…

Our commitment to outstanding teaching aims to ensure students are challenged every lesson. We want to build resilience to help students to learn with greater autonomy and self-discipline.

  • Provision in School
     A differentiated curriculum ensures learning is student centred
     Students have attended trips to the BBC as part of BBC School Report, and St Hugh’s College, Oxford as part of our Oxbridge Programme.
     The school is a member of NACE, the National Association for Able Children in Education
     The Lead Teacher for Gifted and Talented ensures effective teaching practices are disseminated across the curriculum
  • What we are doing to support students…
     Expanding the use of the Virtual Learning Environment to support greater learner autonomy
     Use of mentoring to support and challenge students  The “Trinity Way” and its values of excellence and scholarship underpin everything we do
  • What you can do to help your child…
     Actively encourage interests outside of school developing their curiosity through questioning.

Through enrichment…

Extra-curricular enrichment is when a student is encouraged to go beyond the usual limits of the classroom and explore their interests through a range of opportunities.

  • Provision in school
     Oxbridge programme
     Sporting activities and participation in local and national competitions.
     Instrumental groups such as orchestra
     School production
     A wide range of extra curricular activities
  • What we are doing do to support students…
     Providing mentoring through the Lead Teacher to ensure more able, gifted & talented students maximise their potential
     Using transition data to identify skills and talents early
     Sharing information on extra curricular opportunities weekly via the parent bulletin
  • What you can do to help your child…
     Inform form tutors of your child’s interests, hobbies or awards gained out of school.

School contacts

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like more help or advice on the issue of more able, gifted and talented students at Trinity School.