Gifted & Talented


What does gifted and talented mean?

Gifted pupils have high academic ability in core subjects and often in a range of subjects.
Talented pupils have high levels of ability in Expressive Arts, PE and/or Technology.

Who is on the G&T register?

  • Pupils are identified by data to appear on the G&T register. 
  • There are a number of criteria that are considered when identifying G&T pupils, these are:
    • KS2 SATS scores,
    • CATS data,
    • KS3 SATS scores
    • Interim report data
    • GCSE results
  • Pupils who receive 3 or more nominations from departments also appear on the G&T register.

What is the school doing to help my child?

  • Additional training for teachers on how to stretch and challenge G&T pupils in their classes.
  • Monitoring achievement 3 times per year after reports are issued.
  • Intervention by Heads of Department if G&T pupils are underachieving in their subject.
  • Mentoring KS4 pupils on post 16 options and future career choices.

How can I help my child?

  • Use the guide for parents you received in the post in the summer to discuss and encourage your child to improve in each subject using the websites provided.
  • Encourage children to meet deadlines for homework/coursework and ask for extension activities to improve their grade.
  • How to improve your grade for Gifted and Talented pupils

Art

  • Attend sessions after school.
  • Visit art galleries and workshops to extend your knowledge.

Careers/Citizenship/PSHCE

  • Talk with their child about their own career path and discuss where opportunities were lost or where they really made a difference to their life at work.
  • Discuss the features of those staff at their workplace who are successful and those who are not.
  • Aim to make an appointment to see Tracy Jones (Connexions PA) with their child so a future plan is shared and agreed.

English

  • Read a wide range of different genres.
  • Read a wide range of non-fiction texts e.g. reviews, newspapers, magazines.
  • Keep up to date on what is happening in the world.
  • Complete all homework and ask for extension activities.

French

  • Go on www.linguascope.com
  • Practise writing any phrases which you have studied in class from memory.
  • Try to include a range of tenses and opinions in your work.

Geography

  • Always complete the must, should and could for homework activities.
  • Watch the news and keep up to date with geographical events worldwide and collect relevant newspaper articles.
  • Ask your teacher how you can reach the next level in Geography.

History

  • Look at history websites such as http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/ and http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/
  • Read history books, available from library, such as The Diary of Anne Frank; The Machine Gunners; Goodnight Mr Tom; The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
  • Visit local historical sites such as Dudley Castle, The Black Country Living Museum, Blists Hill Museum and Warwick Castle.

ICT

  • Use a range of techniques and applications to solve problems.
  • Ensure that any communication responds to the audiences’ needs.
  • Write an evaluation that demonstrates how the solution has met criteria and meets the needs of the audience.
  • make use of new and emerging technologies in order to communicate ideas and concepts (story telling, animation, game creating, film making).

Maths

Music

  • Attend extra-curricular activities such as extra BTEC classes.
  • Practise instrument/vocals after school.
  • Join in musical activities such as instrumental lessons, school band and choir.

PE

  • Check the G&T Display Board and see what is required to achieve a Gold-Silver-Bronze award.
  • Attend G&T specific reward trips - such as University trips.
  • Link with local sporting clubs
  • Complete a leadership and coaching qualification.

RE

  • Research topics using the internet.
  • Use a wide range of technical and ‘exciting’ vocabulary.
  • Ask lots of questions but not questions expecting a yes or no answer.

Science

  • Apply scientific practical skills in different contexts.
  • Relate scientific ideas and concepts to everyday situations.
  • Read in-depth around a subject.

Technology

  • Produce design ideas that are imaginative and innovative.
  • Produce detailed written and sketched details of how designs can be developed into working solutions.
  • Use technical vocabulary throughout your work.

Key stage 4

Art

  • Attend after school revision sessions and coursework catch up.
  • Visit artist workshops.
  • Visit local art galleries.

Business Studies

  • Take the business theory from lessons and apply to real life business situations.
  • Independent research-collection of articles, news stories & analysis of this research.
  • Over the period of the course, students should be able to competently present their work in a variety of ways and formats.

Careers/Citizenship/PSHCE

  • Talk with their child about their own career path and discuss where opportunities were lost or where they really made a difference to their life at work.
  • Discuss the features of those staff at their workplace who are successful and those who are not.
  • Aim to make an appointment to see Tracy Jones (Connexions PA) with their child so a future plan is shared and agreed.

English

  • Read a wide range of different genres.
  • Read a wide range of non-fiction texts e.g. reviews, newspapers, magazines.
  • Keep up to date on what is happening in the world.
  • Complete all homework and ask for extension activities.
  • Whatever you are studying, do extra research around that topic or subject.

French

  • Go on www.linguasope.com
  • Learn all your 'speaking' work from week to week.
  • Try developing and expanding your written and speaking work with a wider range of vocabulary and phrases.

Geography

  • Use your revision guide at home to revise for end of unit tests and exams – test yourself using the questions at the end of each chapter.
  • Make a revision card/poster for each case study and learn specific facts and figures about the place/event.
  • Attend coursework catch up after school and revision classes before external exams.

Health & Social Care/ Leisure & Tourism

  • Independently research the topic area you are studying - other than the internet or textbook.
  • Analyse and evaluate your findings.
  • Produce statistical and or graphical representation of your findings.

History

  • Regularly use SAM Learning Site (SHP History A Syllabus).
  • Regularly attend after school revision classes, every Wednesday after school in room B.
  • See Mr Hooper for supplementary revision resources.

ICT

  • Use a range of techniques and applications to solve problems.
  • Ensure that any communication responds to the audiences’ needs.
  • Write an evaluation that demonstrates how the solution has met criteria and meets the needs of the audience.
  • make use of new and emerging technologies in order to communicate ideas and concepts (story telling, animation, game creating, film making).

Maths

Music

  • Attend extra-curricular activities such as extra BTEC classes.
  • Practise instrument/vocals after school.
  • Join in musical activities such as instrumental lessons, school band and choir.

PE

  • Check the G&T Display Board and see what is required to achieve a Gold-Silver-Bronze award.
  • Attend G&T specific reward trips - such as University trips.
  • Link with local sporting clubs
  • Complete a leadership and coaching qualification.

RE

  • Read a newspaper/watch a news broadcast regularly.
  • Research topics using the internet e.g. euthanasia.
  • Use the WJEC website to look at past papers.

Science

  • Apply scientific practical skills in different contexts.
  • Relate scientific ideas and concepts to everyday situations.
  • Read in-depth around a subject.

Technology

  • Produce design ideas that are imaginative and innovative.
  • Produce detailed written and sketched details of how designs can be developed into working solutions.
  • Use technical vocabulary throughout your work.