Talented, Able & Gifted

At Flixton our aim is to provide excellent teaching and an outstanding learning experience for all our pupils so that they can achieve excellence. We recognise that pupils with very high ability need access to excellent teaching at their level, challenge and an enriched experience which allows them to develop fully as well rounded individuals.

Gifted and talented is the term applied to those young people who are achieving, or have the potential to achieve, at a level significantly beyond the rest of their peer group. This refers to the upper end of the ability range in most classes and cohorts. At Flixton we believe it is important to recognise that gifted and talented students are individuals, with their own unique strengths and weaknesses. A student may be very able in some areas, but may appear on the Special Education Needs (SEND) register in recognition of social, physical, sensory and/or specific learning difficulties.

Gifted
Students who have the ability to excel academically in one or more subjects such as English, History and Science

Talented
Students who have the ability to excel in practical skills such as sport, leadership and artistic performance (dance, music and drama)

At Flixton School our Talented, Able and Gifted (TAG) Leader is Miss Danielle Tedford (Assistant Headteacher for Teaching and Learning). Parents and carers are welcome to speak to Miss Tedford about how we identify and provide for pupils on the TAG register at Flixton.

Parents are also of course very welcome to speak to their child's class teacher and any senior members of staff about their child's abilities and progress.

The following organisations can support parents of pupils who are Talented, Able and Gifted:

http://www.potentialplusuk.org/
http://www.mensa.org.uk/gifted-talented
http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/parents/gifted_and_talented/
http://www.talentedyoungpeople.com/
http://www.sengifted.org/

Identification

Students at Flixton can be identified as talented, able and gifted at any stage of their time with us. We know children often develop at different rates and that intelligence certainly is not fixed. It is expected that approximately 10% of pupils at our whole talented, able and gifted register at any one time but each faculty with also have their own registers for students displaying a gift or talent in a particular subject area.

Support

All pupils including talented, able and gifted pupils receive excellent teaching and a range of opportunities to extend and challenge them as part of the Flixton experience. Planning a range of engaging learning opportunities that includes a differentiated curriculum is an important way of ensuring that an appropriate pace and level. Challenge is an important feature of teaching and learning at Flixton for all students. Enrichment and extension are an important part of the Flixton experience. We have over 50 clubs running each week to enable the development of a range of skills including sports, the arts, practical and academic skills. We also host an annual 'Evening of Excellence' where students get to showcase exceptional talent through live music, dance and drama performances and inspirational speeches whereby students share exciting concepts and ideas.

Parents can support in the following ways:

  • Notice changes in their development and discuss these with your child's teacher.
  • Support children with their school work or extra-curricular learning
  • Guide their learning - perhaps by ensuring they learn about a wide range of subjects and read a range of books
  • Feed their enthusiasm - arranging visits to places of interest to help them develop their love of a particular subject (art, music, animals , science)
  • Above all, encourage their love of learning as this is perhaps the most important lesson you can teach them.
  • Talented, able and gifted pupils can often expect perfection of themselves and can find it difficult to cope when they get something wrong. Encourage your child to stay positive when they make a mistake and learn from it rather than see it as failure.