More Able and Talented at LBJ
At Lady Bankes we have a ‘More Able and Talented’ (MA&T) policy to ensure that those who fall on our MA&T register are having their needs met in terms of being challenged in the classroom, ensuring that work is differentiated, as well as providing opportunities to participate in extra learning opportunities both during and outside of school hours.
How do we implement this within the school?
At Lady Bankes we adopt the following strategies and interventions to provide challenge and additional opportunities for our more able and talented pupils:
High Quality Teaching:
In class, work is differentiated for pupils meaning that different levels of challenge are provided in class. Children can opt for more difficult work if they feel confident enough to do this. Teachers can extend work for the more able pupils through the use of higher level questioning and activities that are aimed at the top level of Bloom’s taxonomy model (see image below). Additionally, pupils who are more able may be able to tutor and help others in class once completing work, as well as getting on with work as soon as it is set rather than listening to teacher instruction.
If a child needs extending over and above the support given in everyday high-quality teaching, then group intervention support can be offered. Examples of groups we run for our more able pupils include:
Half or full day workshops are run in school or at another local school/venue for pupils with guests and teachers that specialise in particular areas e.g. science, maths, authors etc.
Children from across the school have the opportunity to compete in a range of competitions designed to display different skills and talents such as the Talent Show, Spelling Bees, Time Tables Rockstars finals, Art and Design competitions etc. These are all arranged to showcase children’s different and various abilities. Annually, children in Y6 have the chance to take part in enterprise activities where they set up ‘mini businesses’ in groups in order to raise money for school events. To increase aspirations, a ‘careers’ event is organised every two years to enable children to understand the nature of different jobs and employment in the local community.
At Lady Bankes we have specialist sports provision which provides after-school sports clubs throughout the year. Some of our pupils who are more able or have a skill in a particular sport can help out at these after-school clubs and teach/coach other pupils alongside the teacher. Children also have access to a range of different sports, which include cross-country, lacrosse, kurling, seated volleyball and many more.
When artistically talented pupils have been identified, we have offered art events (local exhibitions) and competitions. Pupils who have participated in competitions have created a number of resources such as ‘Thank you cards’, ‘Christmas cards’ etc that we are able to send out to external professionals who have supported our school or the local community.
Some pupils will need more personalised and individual plans/ programmes to ensure that they are being encouraged to achieve to the best of their ability in school. Examples of interventions recently started in Lady Bankes include:
The Children’s University is a scheme that is run across the UK for 7-14 year olds, which aims to reward children for participating in extracurricular activities, as well as encouraging pupils to think about doing learning activities outside of school. This programme tracks the hours of when pupils have attended clubs, carried out learning activities and experiences and this is acknowledged and rewarded through receiving a certificate and graduation ceremony (30+hours). It raises aspirations of our pupils by encouraging them to think about taking part in learning experiences outside of the school hours and by logging these in a ‘learning passport’.
Tips & Suggestions
If you believe that your child may have a particular talent in a subject or skill, then please contact the school about this, as we would love to know what your child might do outside school.
If you have been informed by the school that your child is deemed more able in a particular subject you can support them by:
National Association for Able Children in Education
London Gifted and Talented (provide tools and tips for teachers which could be used at home).
Brunel Talent Development Programmes for Education (read about research in more able children).
Family Education (information for parents as well as games and activities to challange your child).
Potential Plus (Information for schools, parents/carers including advice sheets and resources).
Hoagies - Links for both parents and children with activities and reading.