MAGT at Ash Manor School
At Ash Manor School we recognise that every student in our care is unique and bring with them a diverse range of intelligence and abilities. We value academic excellence and believe that the learning of all our students should be personalized. At Ash Manor, we promote a curriculum that reflects the needs of all our students, including those who are More Able.
From primary school transitional data we identify and compile a register of those students. This is made available to all members of staff who plan for those students in their lessons. We look at strategies to ensure we are providing our students with the opportunities they need to develop their gifts or talents within our School.
The more able gifted and talented provision at Ash Manor School ensures that our high ability students become high achievers. All students should be motivated by recognition of their strengths in an atmosphere where their educational, social and emotional needs are met. Ash Manor School takes every opportunity to celebrate the successes of our children both within school and in their personal pursuits out of school hours.
We have high expectations of all our students and we promote high expectations of themselves. We strive to develop students’ abilities to enable them to be independent learners but also give them sufficient support to avoid putting them under unnecessary pressure.
What is MAGT?
Gifted and talented learners are defined as “Children and young people with one or more abilities developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group (or with the potential to develop those abilities).” DfE
More Able students are those students who enter Ash Manor school with a High Level on Entry cohort. These students achieved Level 5 or above at KS2.
Gifted and Talented students are those students achieving in the top 5-10% of their year group in their MidYIS/CATS in Year 7.
Gifted and talented work is targeted at the top 5-10% of students, regardless of the ability profile of the students at the school. Gifted refers to aptitude in academic subjects whereas talented refers to an aptitude in creative/expressive arts, including drama and music, or sport. (See below)
GIFTED –Those students who are identified as a result of high attainment in English and / or Maths and operate above age related expectations.
TALENTED – Those students who demonstrate an exceptional talent and / or higher levels of knowledge, understanding and skill in another area of the curriculum. This might be in a curriculum area such as Music, Art, PE or Science. At Ash Manor School, we reference to ‘Excellence in Subjects’. These students are identified through teacher nomination.
EXCELLENCE IN SUBJECT
We encourage our More Able and Gifted & Talented students to develop to their full potential during lessons and teaching by differentiating.
What do we mean by differentiating?
Differentiating is the process by which the abilities of our students are accommodated through teacher planning and resources in order that all students in the class have the best possible chance of learning and making progress. Our More Able students need additional challenge using strategies such as higher order questioning and extension activities. The staff at Ash Manor School encourage students progress by ‘Teaching to the Top and scaffolding down’.
How parents/carers can help…
Parents and carers are asked to inform the school about talents or aptitudes of their children and to encourage them to participate in extra-curricular activities both in and out of the school.
We would welcome any suggestions from parents or carers of our MAGT students; you can contact us through the school message system.
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