Gifted & Talented
Identification of Gifted and Talented Pupils
When Year 7 pupils join us, the top 10% of pupils are identified as Gifted based on -
Key Stage 2 assessment data,
identification from Hampshire, and
recommendations from Maths, English and Science teaching staff
This takes place towards the end of the Autumn Term, once staff have had a chance to get to know the pupils and their capabilities. Parents are then notified at the beginning of the Spring Term.
Gifted Pupils are tracked throughout their time at Toynbee to ensure that they continue to progress at the expected rate. Towards the end of the Autumn Term, assessments in all subjects are analysed and pupils who appear in the top 10% including English, Maths and Science are also given opportunities to attend key events throughout the year so long as progress is as expected and attitude is exemplary.
Additionally, teaching staff identify ‘Talented’ pupils in the Autumn Term with each department having their own unique indicators for pupil selection. Again parents are notified at the beginning of the Spring Term and currently a massive 42% of our pupils have been identified as having significant talent across the curriculum.
Working with our Gifted and Talented Pupils
Year 7 Gifted Pupils attend a residential at Kingswood on the Isle of Wight annually and we have developed close links with Southampton University’s Outreach Programme where University events and school workshops occur twice annually for the hardest working Gifted Pupils in each Year Group.
Subject specific opportunities are also ongoing and these are passed on to Heads of Department as and when they occur so that pupils have opportunities to enrich their learning outside of school. Results, updates and information about these events can also be found on the front page of the school website, twitter and in the half-termly Headteacher’s newsletter.
Finally, the school offers a wide range of extra-curricular clubs for pupils which are well populated, so please check the school website for an up to date list of such activities so you can encourage your child to attend.
The school currently has three Teaching Improvement Groups that all staff attend and one of these is focussed on challenge within the classroom which ensures that our Gifted and Talented Pupils thrive and achieve their personal best; this is very much at the heart of what we do on a day to day basis.
Please click here for some sample strategies that each department uses and if you would like to know more about how each subject works with Gifted and Talented pupils then do please feel free to contact us.
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