More Able and Talented

More Able and Talented

The Welsh Assembly Government has adopted the phrase ‘More Able and Talented’ to describe pupils who “require opportunities for enrichment and extension that go beyond those provided for the general cohort of pupils…the term ‘more able and talented’ encompasses pupils who are more able across the curriculum as well as those who show talent in one or more specific areas and strengths in leadership, team working and entrepreneurial skills.”(WAG, Meeting the Challenge, 2007)


How many children have been identified as More Able and Talented?

In line with the recommendation of the Welsh Government, approximately 20% of each year group are identified. We use performance data, primary school information, teacher recommendations and information from parents and pupils to help in identification.  We track and monitor the progress of more able and talented pupils and provide targeted mentoring.


What does the school provide for children who are More Able and Talented?

The school will support your child in two main ways: in day-to –day teaching within the classroom and in activities outside it.

Teaching methods aim to extend and challenge MAT pupils.

We run an extensive range of enrichment and extra-curricular activities and have a wide range of contacts with companies, organisations and universities.


As a parent, what can I do to support my child?

If there is anything that you feel we need to know – for example, about ‘hidden abilities’ that your child may have which you think are not being catered for properly – please inform us.

There are many practical steps that you can take to support and nurture your child, for example by encouraging him/her to:

  • Utilise the local library and the internet as learning and research resources
  • Visit museums, science centres, nature reserves and art galleries
  • Watch educational and current affairs programmes such as the news, wildlife/nature programmes and documentaries, and discuss them
  • Read a quality national newspaper
  • Discuss and debate topics, such as politics, the environment and the media
  • Discuss homework and schoolwork
  • Take part in extra-curricular activities
  • Take an active part in family decision-making
  • Listen to different types of music
  • Read for pleasure, including demanding/challenging books
  • Take regular physical exercise
  • Socialise and relax in between work and learn to ‘switch off’

You can also support your child by:

  • Providing suitable learning resources such as books, encyclopaedias, magazines, computer software etc.
  • Organising day trips and visits to places of cultural, historical and educational interest
  • Building cultural experiences, trips and excursions into family holidays

 

Where can I find further support, information and advice?

The following websites may be useful to you:

National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE) – www.nace.co.uk

NAGC – www.nagcbritain.org.uk

The school is also a proud member of NACE Cymru; (National Association for Able Children in Education) an organization that helps us to meet the needs of all our MAT pupils.