If you are the parent of a child of outstanding ability, or one with a special talent in a particular area, you are almost certainly aware of it.
This section explains our systems and policies for working with the most able children and answering some of the most common questions about how we provide for them.
On national scales the top 20% of the ability range are regarded as ‘more able’ and the top 2% as ‘exceptional’.
These examples are taken from a checklist produced by the Maryland Council for Gifted and Talented Children
|Knows the answers||Asks the questions|
|Is interested||Is extremely curious|
|Pays attention||Gets completely involved|
|Has good ideas||Has wild 'silly' ideas|
|Works hard||Loses concentration but does well in tests|
|Answers the questions||Questions the answers|
|In the 'top' group||Beyond any group|
|Listens with interest||Shows strong feelings|
|Learns with ease||Already knows|
|Understands ideas||Constructs abstract theories|
|Grasps the meaning||Draws inferences|
|Completes assignments||Initiates projects|
|Is receptive||Is intense|
|Copies accurately||Creates a new design|
|Enjoys school||Enjoys learning|
|Absorbs information||Applies information|
|Is a good technician||Is an inventor|
|Good at memorising||Good at guessing|
|Is alert||Is keenly observant|
|Is pleased with own work||Is highly self-critical|
Caution: these rarely all occur together
Much research has been carried out into the effects of setting pupils by ability and the results are inconclusive – however, two key points seem to appear regularly:
At St Peters some activities are grouped by ability, others are not - all lessons are expected to provide:
During the school year you will be invited to attend a Parent Consulation Meeting to discuss your child’s progress. These informal meetings are designed to provide opportunities to monitor progress and agree action points to ensure continued improvement. To make the most of these discussions, we suggest that, before you come, you:
At St Peter's, we like to work in partnership with our pupils and their parents and we would like to know of any concerns you may have. We all want your child to achieve his or her full potential in all aspects of school life.
Should you have a concern about your child’s education at St Peter's please speak to your child's class teacher in the first instance.