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Able, Gifted and Talented

Little Stanion Primary School Able, Gifted and Talented (AG&T) Statement

Definitions

Able pupils

‘Able pupils’ refers to students who achieve, or have the ability to achieve, above average (compared with the attainment of other students in their year group at Little Stanion Primary School) in one or more of the National Curriculum subjects.

Gifted pupils

Gifted refers to students who achieve, or have the ability to achieve, significantly above average (compared with the attainment of other students in their year group at Little Stanion Primary School) in one or more of the National Curriculum subjects other than art, performing arts or physical education.

Talented pupils

Talented refers to those students who achieve, or have the ability to achieve, significantly above average in art, performing arts, physical education or in areas requiring visio-spatial skills or practical abilities (these could include a range of non-traditional areas) compared with the attainment of other students in their year group at Little Stanion Primary School.

According to Renzulli (1986) giftedness not only involves above average ability but also involves task commitment and creativity. Task commitment and creativity have been included for the following reasons:

  • To let students know that there is more to being on the Able, Gifted and Talented register than high achievement in test scores. Commitment and application of ability is also required.
  • To help curriculum areas to identify those pupils who have the potential to be highly  productive and not just the pupils who come in with high target grades.
  • To raise awareness of the fact that provision for the Able, Gifted and Talented also needs to encourage task commitment and creativity.

Pupils with high task commitment might show the following:

  • The capacity for high levels of interest, enthusiasm, fascination and involvement in a particular problem, area of study, or form of human expression.
  • The capacity for perseverance, endurance, determination, hard work, and dedicated practice. Setting high standards for one's work; maintaining openness to self and external criticism; developing an aesthetic sense of taste, quality, and excellence about one's own work and the work of others. Pupils with high creativity might show the following:
  • Fluency, flexibility, and originality of thought.
  • Openness to experience; receptive to that which is new and different (even irrational) in thoughts, actions, and products of oneself and others.
  • Curious, speculative, adventurous, and "mentally playful"; willing to take risks in thought and action, even to the point of being uninhibited.
  • Sensitivity to detail and aesthetic characteristics of ideas and things.
  • Willingness to act on and react to external stimulation and one's own ideas and feelings.

The AG&T Register

Little Stanion Primary School will have one AG&T register that will list all pupils that are identified by one or more curriculum area. Most of these pupils will fit intothe “Able” definition as mentioned earlier with a smaller proportion fitting the “Talented” or “Gifted” definitions. Towards the end of each academic year each department will be asked to review the lists of their top ten percent of pupils for each year group. At this point the following are possible:

Pupils currently on the register remain on the register (no evidence required)

Pupils who have consistently met the departmental criteria could be added to the

register (no evidence required).  If at any point a pupil is recommended (by parents, staff, peers etc) as being Able, Gifted and Talented, then it will be the responsibility of the Gifted and Talented Coordinator to investigate this. This may be done using the following methods:

  • Discussion with the pupil
  • Discussion with relevant staff, (teachers, form tutors, HOH) to include test data and examination of pupil’s work where relevant
  • Discussion with parents
  • Discussion with peers

Staff will use the AG&T register to identify students and provide appropriate provision

for them in lessons.

The curriculum:

It is the responsibility of classroom teachers to ensure that all children are given work that is suitably challenging, enabling each one to achieve his or her potential.  Subject leaders should ensure that each scheme of work should outline provision for the most able pupils

Enrichment:

The purpose of enrichment/extra-curricular provision should be to provide opportunities for able pupils to use their skills in areas outside of the national curriculum.

Mentoring:

Any pupils on the whole school register who underperform on their interim reports or any pupils that are notified to the Gifted and Talented Coordinator as underperforming will be mentored. The aim of this will be to improve performance by identifying problems, finding solutions to these problems and then making a plan for improvement.

Reviewed: September 2018

  1. Little Stanion Primary AG&T statement