Gifted and Talented

As a school we identify a proportion of each year group as Gifted and Talented. This equates to around 5% of any year group.

The DfE guidance on Gifted and Talented pupils broadly states that:

  • ‘Gifted’ learners are those who have abilities in one or more academic subjects, such as maths and English.
  • ‘Talented’ learners are those who have practical skills in areas such as sport, music, design or creative and performing arts.

In identifying pupils each department has criteria that they use to highlight gifted children at any stage. As children frequently progress at different rates pupils who have excelled in one year will not necessarily be identified as gifted and talented in subsequent years as other members of the year group may outperform them.

Each department has activities and resources designed to challenge and support Gifted and Talented pupils in class. This is sometimes approached through the use of targeted questioning; setting extension tasks to complete; setting different work to the others in the class; or by varying the outcome from some work.

Like all pupils at Colonel Frank Seely Academy, The Gifted and Talented cohort have access to a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities. These sessions take place after school and at lunchtimes to engage and stimulate pupils by offering a broader look at the work that is covered in class introducing new topics entirely. There are also a wide range of clubs and activities that may be of particular interest to Gifted and Talented pupils. These also take place during lunch time and after school.

If you feel that your child is Gifted in a specific area or very able in general please contact the school if you wish to discuss this on 0115 9652495 or send us an e-mail at office@cfs.notts.sch.uk

Support your G&T Child

It can be daunting knowing how to cope with or help a Gifted and Talented child. Even though they may be particularly successful in a subject area they could still need encouragement to succeed further and develop their skills in different ways.

Contacting class teachers for support is a first point of call; this can be achieved either through the school email or via phone both of which are listed on the Contact Us page. Subject teachers will be able to give advice about any websites or resources that you can use to engage with your child’s particular talents.

Websites that you could use to find general information to support your gifted and talented child are listed below:

This is an archived snapshot of the the direct.gov page for parents with Gifted and Talented children. It covers identification and definition of Gifted and Talented and also covers some national schemes for support and advice.

NAGC are a charity that specialise in supporting Gifted and Talented pupils and their families through information and advice. They also arrange and events to cater for exceptionally able children around the country.

NACE is a long standing charity that specialises in supporting the education of Gifted and Talented pupils. It is aimed at teachers although the shop section has some good books for parents of Gifted and Talented children.

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