What does More Able Mean?
‘More Able’ 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):
How has my son/daughter been selected?
Students are selected for the More Able program by either teacher nomination or through the use of school data. Students who are selected will then be included on the school’s More Able 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, self-esteem and encourage a growth mind-set. At Coleshill we aim to meet the educational needs of all our pupils. For the more able, 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:
- More able focus group in years 9 and 10 who meet once a fortnight
- Year 11 more able tutor group
- Lunchtime and after-school clubs (STEM club, Maths Club, etc…)
- Visits to events including university master classes, taster days and residentials (we are currently working with Aim Higher Plus to create a program of free enrichment activities with the focus of raising aspirations)
- Peer mentoring
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 exerciseEncourage your child to use the department specific websites
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.