Hampden Gurney recognises that all of its pupils are unique individuals at varying stages of readiness and ability but each with their own individual potential.
Our policy starts with the expectation that there are gifted and talented learners in every year group. Senior staff, teachers and other adults identify pupils who are gifted and talented, and co-operate with parents when making those decisions. Gifted or talented children are often much more than simply higher than average. As a high-performing establishment, we are keen to help children reach their full potential by providing enriching and significant challenge and support throughout every year.
Ongoing assessment of student educational performance and attainment enables the school to identify students who require significant differentiation of the curriculum and its content because they are achieving national standards with ease and who would benefit from further enrichment and extension to achieve attainment levels commensurate with their ability or potential.
There are many definitions of gifted and talented. This guidance builds on the work of Excellence in Cities (EiC), which identifies:
The aims of our Gifted and Talented programme at school are:
Provision for Gifted and Talented pupils takes place within the frameworks of the National Curriculum subjects but also provides opportunities to study topics and subjects outside of those frameworks. It is a combination of differentiation, enrichment, extension and acceleration that occurs as both in-class provision and out of class provision.
Hampden Gurney has a full time teacher that specialises in teaching Gifted and Talented children giving them the opportunity to stimulate their thinking.
Children learn ‘how to think’ developing their thinking skills. By thinking skills, we mean any skills that support and structure the development of thinking. Thinking skills are clustered in the National Curriculum as follows:
Children who meet the following criteria will be offered the opportunity to join the class above for the purpose of learning the core curriculum at their ability level:
Out of school hours provision enables children to examine National Curriculum subjects at a greater depth and breadth or to explore additional subjects. It includes:
Meeting the needs of the Able, Gifted or Talented child requires the help and understanding of both parents and the school. Both can support and encourage each other in the provision for the Gifted and Talented.
Hampden Gurney involves parents of Gifted and Talented children by keeping parents informed on strategies used in the school to extend the child’s progress and also by informing them about clubs and resources available outside school.
National Association for Gifted Children
Practical tools and courses to help you develop your child's gifts and talents. Further information can be found on this National Association for Gifted Children's website.
National Association for Able Children in Education
Independent education organisation specialising in teaching and learning for able, gifted and talented pupils.
Londongt - Advice on how to support your child at home.