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High Potential Learners

At Little Stanion Primary School, we are committed to providing the best possible provision for pupils of all abilities. We plan our teaching and learning so that each child can aspire to the highest level of personal achievement including pupils identified as High Potential Learners (previously Able, Gifted and Talented).

High Potential Learners can be identified as working in one of the following groups:

•             'More able pupils' refers to children who 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’ refers to children who achieve significantly above age related expectations in a national context in one or more of the National Curriculum subjects other than art, performing arts or physical education.

•             ‘Underachieving able pupils’ refers to those who have the potential to achieve above average (compared with the attainment of other students in their year group at Little Stanion Primary School)  or achieve significantly above age related expectations in a national context in one or more of the National Curriculum subjects other than art, performing arts or physical education.

We recognise that not all high potential learners are obvious achievers. Many actually under achieve – their potential is masked by factors such as frustration, low self‐esteem, Special Educational Needs and lack of challenge.

Talented Pupils:

‘Talented pupils’ 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.

Provision for High Potential Learners:

Pupils meeting the above criteria are added to the high potential learner register incorporating more able, gifted, underachieving able pupils as well as talented pupils.

•             Our teachers plan carefully to meet the learning needs of all our children. We give all children the opportunity to show what they know, understand and can do, and we achieve this in a variety of ways when planning for children’s learning. We focus on supporting children to achieve mastery. Mastery is how a child can apply much of the curriculum as a whole in more in‐depth and complex, cross‐objective, multi‐modal methods. 

•             Children are familiarised with a variety of organisational strategies as they move through the school. These strategies can be used by all children, but give due scope to higher achievers including the setting across core subjects and small group interventions. 

•             In every year group we set targets for English and mathematics, and teach the children in ability groups. These groupings are flexible and alter in response to tracking and monitoring of progress and need.  

•             We offer a range of extra-curricular activities for our children. These activities offer higher achievers the opportunity to further extend their learning in a range of activities. Opportunities include a range of sporting and musical clubs. We also invite most able pupils to run their own clubs.  

•             Learning is also enriched through regular homework activities linked to the work being undertaken in classes. This offers teachers a further opportunity to set work at the level of individual children.

•             The children will also have the opportunity to experience a range of educational visits that further enrich and develop learning. 

•             We promote celebration of achievements by asking parents to inform the school if their child has an out‐of‐school award etc.

•             We plan enrichment weeks when the normal timetable is suspended and cross‐curricular projects, which offer pupils more challenge and responsibility.

Mrs Stolz, SENDCo, coordinates the provision and practice within the school for High Potential Learners. If you like to discuss any of the issues raised here further please contact Mrs Stolz via the school office on 01536 215204 or senco@ltstanion-pri.northants-ecl.gov.uk

Reviewed: September 2019

  1. High Potential Learner Policy 2018-2020