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Commitment to Able, Gifted and Talented

At Consett Academy we recognise that our Most Able, Gifted and Talented students need access to broad, balanced and challenging curriculum opportunities to enable them to reach their true potential.  We achieve this by offering a curriculum and activities that extend and enrich their learning and promote high aspirations, attainment and good progress.


Identification of Able, Gifted and Talented

The identification of able, gifted and talented pupils is a process which the whole teaching and support staff participate in, as well as parents, carers and the children themselves.

The identification begins when a child joins the Academy. The Academy is keen to understand their achievements and interests in particular areas as they join the school. Discussions with parents and carers will enable us to create the best possible picture of the child, and records of awards and achievements in academic, sporting, musical, artistic and any extra-curricular activities will be helpful in this respect.

Both qualitative and quantitative information is used for identification purposes:

  • A programme of formative, summative (internal and external) assessment takes place to inform the AG&T register alongside the analysis of results from Key Stage 2 SATs and reading ages.

  • Learning Leaders will have an overview of students who demonstrate ability in their subjects, and will include relevant details of assessments that inform the AG&T register.

The classification of Able, gifted and Talented as well as Dual Exceptionality can be found below.


Students who achieve, or have the ability to achieve, above average in one or more academic areas, including areas outside the main school curriculum. This also includes children who are leaders or role models and who display outstanding

leadership and/or social skills.


Students with an innate ability, who present a natural, outstanding aptitude or

competence for exceptional performance.


Students who excel in one or more specific fields:

  • Creative and Performing Arts – Art, Design & Technology, Drama, Music;
  • Physical Education/sporting ability; and/or
  • Extra-curricular pastimes – e.g. Chess.

Dual Exceptionality

Students who are able, gifted or talented but also subject to a barrier of learning, such as dyslexia, Asperger’s Syndrome, or a physical disability.

It is worth remembering that able pupils can also be:

  • of high ability but of low motivation;
  • of good verbal ability but have poor writing skills;
  • very able but with a short attention span;
  • very able with poor social skills; and/or
  • keen to disguise their abilities.


Extension, acceleration and enrichment

Opportunities to broaden pupils’ learning experiences may include:

  • Differentiation, where pupils may be grouped according to ability, and differentiated work is built into schemes of work and lesson plans to provide activities requiring extended higher order thinking skills;
  • Working on subject matter which would typically be for older pupils to access broader knowledge and develop more sophisticated thinking and reasoning skills. This will occur through our early A-Level development programme, where students will be given a chance to work with current A-Level students and teachers on developing higher level challenge tasks that will stretch and develop their academic thinking and aspirations.
  • Enabling a pupil to study aspects of a topic that there would not normally be time to study, or adding extra subjects or specialised calendar events to the curriculum or extra-curricular activities programme; and
  • Partnership with other schools or external organisations, for example workshop events, specialised holiday camps, and local, regional and national schemes/competitions.





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How can I support my child at home to achieve their potential?

  • Encourage your child to take an interest in current affairs by watching the news/documentaries so that they can appreciate the context of their learning– it is important for students to have a broad range of knowledge about current events
  • Encourage your child to read a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts – reading will support their understanding of vocabulary and build their core knowledge
  • Provide your child with aspirations – consider visiting university campuses or research them online. Visit theatres and museums to provide a broad range of experiences
  • Encourage your child to read beyond the curriculum – consider using some of the subject specific wider reading links to enhance their experience of a subject
  • Encourage your child to take part in extra-curricular activities that they enjoy and learn new skills
  • Don’t be afraid to ask your child’s teachers how you can support your child in a specific subject – class teachers will know best how your child can achieve their best in their subject
  • Keep a balance between school work and home life – it is important for students to make time to relax as well as developing academic skills


Useful Websites

UCAS - https://www.ucas.com/

Russell Group Universities - http://russellgroup.ac.uk/about/our-universities/


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