Able, gifted and talented provision
At Denefield School we are committed to meeting the needs and interests of all students and providing an education that will enable each student to realise their full potential, including the most able, gifted and talented. Students who are identified as able, gifted or talented are offered a wide range of challenging activities and targeted support to enhance their learning.
Provision at Denefield School includes extension tasks as part of the curriculum and also enrichment opportunities beyond lesson time. We are committed to teaching and learning strategies that support all students and challenge the most able, and we provide regular professional development to staff. Lessons include regular opportunities for extension in depth, in level of challenge through complexity with an emphasis on quality, and we are determined to ensure pace and challenge in our lessons for all students. Students are encouraged to develop problem solving and higher order skills, and teachers use a variety of teaching styles to cater for learners’ individual needs. By providing effective provision for the most able, gifted and talented, standards can be raised for all students. Our provision aims to create a challenging and supportive teaching environment which promotes personalised learning and a learning culture where expectations are high and students can become increasingly responsible for their own learning. Progress is regularly reviewed to ensure all students are on course to achieve their targets.
All subject areas have specific guidelines for identification and strategies for meeting the needs of the most able students. Departmental schemes of work show how provision is made for more able students in the classroom.
Students are also encouraged to participate in enrichment activities such as Mathematics Challenge, Mock Trials and outreach activities with primary schools where our more able students work in leadership roles. We also offer individual and group sessions and events to celebrate our most able students’ ability and achievements, and to help them refine their study skills, understand how they learn best and show how to aim for the top grades.
Updated November 2011