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Gifted and Talented

At Edge Grove we believe that all children are entitled to an education that will enable them to develop their full potential, be that intellectual, physical, aesthetic, creative, emotional, spiritual or social; finding appropriate challenge in our learning environment.

All pupils have individual needs, which put personalised learning at the heart of our learning and teaching.

We are committed to providing an equality of challenge for all students and an inspiring education for life. We aim to provide:

  • Lessons that stimulate, engage, challenge, inform, excite or encourage through partnership and dialogue with teachers and other pupils, and active participation in the lesson.
  • Staff commitment and training to develop pupils’ full potential at all times.
  • A broad, developed curriculum that offers opportunities for all pupils to excel in a variety of areas.
  • A commitment from form tutors, teachers and staff to find the thing that lights the spark in the pupil and support their independent interest.

Able, Gifted and Talented pupils are identified by making a judgement based on an analysis of various sources of information, including:

  • Test scores/assessment results (standardised scores; CATs; GL assessments etc)
  • Teacher nomination (based on classroom observation, discussions with pupils, work scrutiny)
  • Predicted assessment /exam scores
  • Rate of progress including value-added data and reference to prior attainment/achievement.
  • Attainment levels/grades (music; speech & drama; sporting)

This information is collated by the Coordinator of the Gifted and Talented Programme which at Edge Grove is called ‘Ignite’ and is made available to all staff. The register details the subjects for which pupils have been identified as "Gifted" or "Talented", and additionally records those pupils who have been identified as having a standardised score of over 130 (being in the top 2% nationally as indicated by the CAT scores).

We recognise that in the Early Years a child's ability often relates to their prior experience. Parental interaction and attendance at previous childcare settings for example, all play a part in shaping a child’s starting point. All children are entitled to provision that recognises their unique interests and fascinations and the fact that they have strengths to build on. It is also important to recognise that the development of abilities may be uneven and constantly evolving. We recognise that it is important to offer very young children a range of experiences and a broad curriculum rather than narrow pathways. We recognise that some children are accelerated learners in more than one area and it is important that we identify and respond to their strengths and enrich their learning experience.

Additional Methods of Identification:

If at any point a pupil is recommended as being Able, Gifted and Talented, then it will be the responsibility of the Ignite Coordinator to investigate this. This may be done using the following methods:

  • Discussion with the pupil
  • Discussion with relevant staff, (teachers, form tutors include test data and examination of pupil's work where relevant)