Able, Gifted & Talented

At Northampton Academy we are committed to providing every student with opportunities to develop his or her maximum potential and to provide high quality teaching and learning. All of our students are entitled to a curriculum and environment which meets their needs and enables them to flourish both academically and in terms of developing their character.

What is the difference between ‘Gifted’ and ‘Talented’?

‘Gifted’ is defined as being exceptionally able in academic subjects, such as English, Maths, Science, History or Geography. ‘Talented’ is defined as being exceptionally skilled in practical subjects such as Music, PE and Drama.

How are Able, Gifted and Talented Students identified?

Able, Gifted and Talented students can be identified at any time throughout the school year by teachers, pastoral staff, peers or parents/carers for their outstanding performance. To be eligible for the whole school list, your son or daughter will be in the top 5%/10%.

Challenging the most able. Strategies that might be used...

Change the pace, resources, support, questioning, outcome and role. The opportunity to work at higher cognitive levels. Provide appropriate, challenging feedback. The opportunity to investigate real life situations, to solve real problems and produce real solutions. Regular monitoring and reporting, of individual student performance. Opportunities for more able students to work together. Planning for Russell Group University application. In addition to the whole school list, each department uses a subject specific set of criteria to identify Gifted and Talented students in their particular area.

This subject specific identification enables staff to target students for appropriately stretching work and other opportunities within that subject area.

How will I know if my child is on the list?

You will receive a letter informing you that your child has been identified as Able, Gifted &Talented. The list is being updated yearly based on academic and relevant performance. A child can be removed or placed back on the list at any time. However, before students are removed from the list, parents will be informed and interventions will have been in place. This fluidity ensures the school is delivering the Able, Gifted and Talented programme to the appropriate students at any given time.

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