Gifted and Talented representatives:
What does Gifted & Talented mean?
'Gifted and talented' describes children and young people with an ability to develop to a level significantly ahead of their year group (or with the potential to develop those abilities):
- 'gifted' learners are those who have abilities in one or more academic subjects, like maths and English
- 'talented' learners are those who have practical skills in areas like sport, music, design or creative and performing arts
How has my son/daughter been selected?
Students are selected for the Gifted & Talented program by either teacher nomination or through the use of school data. Students who are selected will then be included on the school’s Gifted and Talented Register.
What does this mean for my child?
For the next academic year, your child will remain on the register. The purpose of this is to improve attainment, motivation and self-esteem of Gifted & Talented students. At Coleshill we aim to meet the educational needs of all our pupils. For the gifted and talented, this includes providing greater challenges in lessons and opportunities for pupils to develop potential gifts and talents.
In-class provision includes:
- Tasks which demand higher order cognitive and intellectual skills to challenge pupils
- More complex and open-ended tasks and flexible learning strategies.
Out of class provision includes:
- Lunchtime and after-school clubs (STEM club, Maths Club, etc…)
- Visits to events with a specific Gifted & Talented focus
- University Master classes
How can I support my child?
- Positive approaches
- Encourage a variety of interests and activities
- Help your child to organise their time
- Encourage use of local facilities such as the library
- Organise visits to museums, science centres and art galleries
- Encourage discussion and debate in the home
- Demonstrate pride in achievement
- Help your child to discover how fun learning can be
- Show sensitivity to your child’s interests without trying to mould them
- Include your child in family decision-making
- Show the importance of relaxation, socialising and exercise
- Encourage your child to use the department specific websites available such as mymaths.co.uk and samlearning.com
National Association for Gifted Children - practical tools and courses to help you develop your child's gifts and talents.
National Association for Able Children in Education - independent education organisation specialising in teaching and learning for able, gifted and talented students.
BBC Schools homepage – learning resources for home and school.