At Outwood Academy Freeston, we value academic excellence and we believe that the learning of all of our students should be personalised. All students should be challenged, inspired and empowered by learning. All of our classrooms should be engaging and inspiring places to learn.
It is well known that learners learn in different ways and our teachers accommodate these different learning styles in their lessons. Our able, gifted and talented learners are identified and their progress is monitored in order to make sure they are continually provided for and are reaching their true potential.
Able, gifted and talented learners are those students who show an outstanding ability in one specific subject or across a selection of subjects within the academy community.
Students who are Most Able will demonstrate achievement or the potential to achieve at the highest levels in comparison with children at a similar age or stage in their education.
We have a register of able, gifted and talented learners which is approximately 10% of our academy’s population. Identification is based on quantitative and qualitative data and by specific departments who will recognise ability, giftedness and talents in their subjects. Our feeder schools maintain a record of gifted and talented students and this information is passed on to us at the KS2 to 3 transition stages.
Parents and carers will be notified throughout the year if their child is identified on the register. This register is a working document and names can be added or removed when it is reviewed.
The academy provides activities and experiences to extend its gifted and talented pupils. This could be as part of the extensive enrichment programme that is offered to all students or specific activities, such as visits to universities and outside speakers.
Within the classroom, teachers use stretch and challenge activities and use our learning model to develop important skills such as communication, creativity, evaluation and independence. This will help our students to achieve their potential and develop key employability skills. Our curriculum model enables students to fast-track as appropriate, or opt for enrichment activities which give the opportunity to broaden and extend knowledge and skills. Gifted and talented learners are encouraged to develop leadership or mentoring roles within the classroom and within the whole academy.
All students are monitored through our rigorous ‘Praising Stars ©’ system and our intervention model. It is expected that all teachers will track the progress of gifted and talented students to ensure they are making excellent progress and are not underachieving. This is reported to parents every half term.
Parents and carers are asked to inform the academy about talents or aptitudes of their children and to encourage them to participate in extra-curricular activities both in and out of the academy. If there are any concerns or queries about their child’s progress or identification, the lead teacher responsible for gifted and talented students can be contacted.