Parents and Students

Most Able, Gifted and Talented

Most Able, Gifted and Talented Provision

At Windsor High School and Sixth Form we are committed to achieving the very best for all of our students. This is reflected in our motto ‘Excellence for All’. Through a challenging curriculum, we aim to encourage all students, including our ‘most able, gifted and talented’, to seek the pursuit of excellence.

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The ‘Most Able, Gifted and Talented Students’

Identifying the gifted and talented continues to be a voyage of discovery. Some students will already have been identified as ‘gifted and talented’ at their primary schools, but others will emerge later in response to challenging opportunities offered in secondary school. At Windsor High School and Sixth Form we are committed to helping students uncover their strengths, as well as providing for those that are already obvious.

We aim to identify students in a variety of different ways including:

  • Use of data.
  • Regular identification by subject departments of G&T students in their subject.
  • Regular identification by teachers offering enrichment activities.
  • The provision of a variety of teaching and learning opportunities.

We record and distribute identification lists to staff in order to further provide for the needs of the most able students, and keep this information on the school’s data system. These lists are reviewed annually and aim to be open to potential that may not be obvious.

Provision
  • We aim to ensure that schemes of work include provision for the most able, including independent study, and open ended lines of enquiry based on higher order thinking skills.
  • We aim to ensure that lesson planning takes account of the need for challenge and a variety of learning strategies
  • We enrich the curriculum through numerous activities including trips, visits, fieldwork, conferences, masterclasses, and enterprise and work related learning.
  • We aim to make best use of new technologies to enhance learning and autonomy.
  • We aim to support personalised learning by building flexible pathways into the curriculum.
Assessment
  • We aim to ensure that assessment policies reflect progression routes within subjects and are shared with the students.
  • We ensure assessment procedures allow sufficient challenge and reward for even the exceptionally able.
  • We aim to engage students in evaluating their performance against targets related to clear criteria.
  • We aim to enable students to take responsibility for their progress through assessment for learning.