St Joseph’s R.C. High School

and Sports College

St Joseph’s RC High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Most Able

At St Joseph’s, every member of our community is recognised as an individual who is able, gifted and talented.  A unique person in our school. We believe that a truly inclusive education is one which meets the individual needs of all pupils, which includes a strong focus on our Most Able students.

 

The school realises that our most important role is to stretch and challenge all pupils in the classroom. To this end, staff attend regular Teaching & Learning CPDF where we develop skills and techniques which allow students to thrive in the classroom.  Specific trainings are targeted to help staff teach the most able students, such as “Stretching and Challenging Our Most Able”, and “Setting challenging Learning Objectives and Outcomes for all pupils”.

 

In day-to-day learning, pupils are often given differentiated work tasks, e.g. tasks that provide a greater challenge or scope for extended investigation.  Where our Most Able pupils are given the same tasks as their peers, teachers would expect to see a higher level outcome and would encourage pupils to aim high.

 

Enrichment and CIAG (Careers Information and Guidance) events are provided for every pupil. In addition there is also a programme of events tailored for our Most Able pupils throughout the year including events such as real life business challenges in year 7 where Theo Paphitis from Dragon’s den questions pupils in the final. In year 8 pupils take part design competition, designing new uses for a rundown mill. In year 9 pupils are introduced to employability skills and are required to provide evidence of these skills. In year 10 pupils complete an aspirations questionnaire, have the opportunity to take part in Young Enterprise and our Most Able pupils are offered target work placements. In Year 11, there are numerous career guidance events and a residential trip to Cambridge University is offered to the Most Able pupils.

 

All students are able and talented in some way – for example, writing, playing sports, helping others, art, drama, music and so on… and everybody should be encouraged to foster these talents and look out for and celebrate them in others.

 

At St Joseph’s, that is exactly what we do. We nurture all of our students to encourage them to uphold their abilities and talents through a range of enrichment activities, talent shows and much, much more!  Gifted and Talented is incorporated into our Enrichment programme.

 

Each Department within school runs a selection of activities for able and talented students throughout the year.

 

Definition of Most Able Learners

 

Most Able

Most Able (previously termed Gifted) students have the raw intelligence or brain power to solve problems, learn new skills or understand concepts better than their counterparts across the full range of subjects.

 

Able

Able students achieve or have the ability to achieve above average in one or more National Curriculum subjects.

 

 

Identification of Most Able Students

Students are identified in the following ways:

 

Most Able

  • Students who achieve Level 5 or above in their KS2 SATs or Teacher Assessments.
  • Students who achieve above expectation in terms of attainment or progress at each reporting phase in line with pupils who enter the school at level 5 or above.
  • Students with a high CAT score in one of the CAT sections

 

Identification of Able Students

Students are identified in the following ways:

 

Able

  • Students who achieve Level 5 or above in one or more subject at KS2.
  • Students who achieve above expectation in terms of attainment or progress at each reporting phase in one subject, in line with pupils who enter the school at level 5 or above.

 

Most Able Policy

 

NACE Membership

As part of our commitment to ensuring ALL pupils achieve their full potential we are a member of NACE (National Association for Able Children in Education). This organisation provide specialised support to school and teachers in providing excellent teaching and learning strategies for the Most Able pupils. These strategies also have a positive impact on the progress of ALL learners within the class.

www.nace.co.uk