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Enlightening ideas about Shakespeare’s tragedies from from at the English INSET. Thank you for your words of wisdom! https://t.co/uNhOSZdewp

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All-through primary phase staff are raring to go! Writing focused training with https://t.co/rEgNBVJl9a

13/02/19

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Catherine from the Ask Project giving sound advice to our students on which type of work experience will help them gain an apprenticeship! https://t.co/ofyB6SUnRf

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13/02/19

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12/02/19

Year 5 are studying the length of their shadows. The children had fun drawing around their shadows and measuring their lengths during the day. At 9.20am one shadow was over 7 meters! See more examples of great learning at https://t.co/RA6vmfdHiJ https://t.co/3lat9AfoLs

12/02/19

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11/02/19

Our sixth formers visited the Vatican City on day one of their trip to Rome https://t.co/rIEPtxLyNf

11/02/19

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09/02/19

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08/02/19

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Most Able Students

Most Able students (formerly known as 'Gifted and Talented') have been defined as those students who have one or more abilities developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group (or with the potential to develop these abilities). 

Talented pupils demonstrate a talent or skill in creative or sporting fields in and/or out of school. In all definitions there is the recognition of the distinction between the term more able and the term talented. Most Able students appear to be more able over a wider range of academic areas while talented students appear to generally excel in one particular creative area.

Most Able pupils are those who will exceed the expectations for their age group, either in all subjects or just one. The Most Able are a diverse group and their range of attainment will be varied; some do well in statutory national curriculum tests or national qualifications. However, being Most Able covers much more than the ability to succeed in tests and examinations.

Most Able students comprise around 5-10% of the academy population. At Harris Garrard Academy we identify the Most Able students in all subjects. 

The Leader for Most Able is Eleanor Maddocks and the Leader for Talented is Esther Alonge. Further documents and policies relating to our support for ‘most able' students can be downloaded from our Equalities and additional intervention page.


How does the academy identify Most Able students?

Our Most Able students are identified on entry to the academy using information held by primary schools about that student’s learning and achievements in Key Stage 2. We use this information to make sure we provide students with the right level of challenge. Our Most Able students will be identified on entry by:

having a Key Stage 2 fine score in Maths and English of level 5.4 or above

OR

having a Key Stage 2 score in Maths and English of level 5.0 or above if they are a Pupil Premium student

OR

having a CATS test score in the top 10% nationally

OR

showing exceptional attainment in a range of subjects in the first term of Year 7.

Most Able students are identified and placed on the academy’s Most Able register. We give particular attention to disadvantaged Most Able students. We recognise that nationally Most Able students do less well in schools where they are in the minority, Most Able boys do less well than Most Able girls, and Most Able Disadvantaged Students do less well than Most Able non-Disadvantaged students.

The register is reviewed and updated regularly during the academic year, based on hard and soft data. Most Able students are not removed from the list if underperforming, instead additional intervention is agreed for these students. Pupil Premium grant money is allocated for this where students are eligible.

We have developed a culture of high expectations for students and teachers so that the quality of curriculum delivery, teaching and assessment in both foundation and core subjects is high. This begins with identification based on Key Stage 2 data, rigorous target setting and careful tracking and intervention.

In addition to using data provided by primary schools, Most Able students will be identified over time using:

  • Subject identification criteria – reviewed at the start of the year and published to all staff and students
  • Subject area nominations – based on relevant assessment profiles using multiple types of quality assessment including teacher assessment
  • Assessment results – such as standard tests, CATs and examination performance externally and internally
  • Most Able Leader nomination – using data that tracks the performance of students, the Most Able Leader will also examine nominations to make sure the correct students are identified and placed on the register.
  • Parent consultation – we will consider parental nomination and welcome any background, knowledge or evidence of a pupil’s work done at home if appropriate. This information will be cross referenced to performance data and the academy decision is final. 

What are the opportunities and events for Most Able students?

There are many opportunities for Most Able students which can include:

  • The Brilliant Club – 12 arts and humanities students will be mentored through an assignment by a PhD research student in half term 4.
  • The Challenge Project – KS3 pupils attend masterclasses in key subject areas from across the curriculum. They will hone their knowledge and develop practical skills with the support of subject specialists.
  • Literacy and Numeracy leaders
  • School productions
  • Theatre trips
  • Drama workshops

Model of support for Most Able students at Harris Garrard Academy

Model for most able students