It is recognised that 2% of young people may be categorised as gifted in the sense of possessing exceptional ability in most or many areas of experience. Up to a further 10% may be exceptionally talented in only certain specific areas.
We value the abilities and achievements of all pupils. We aim to provide for the individual needs of all students. Therefore, it is important that the needs of Gifted and Talented students should be recognised and strategies developed for their identification and support.
Gifted and Talented provision in technology includes a lunchtime Textiles club for technology identified Gifted and Talented Year 9 pupils. 20 pupils currently attend, and are working on their first project - a choice between making skirts or boxer shorts.
We also had one pupil taking part in the local final stage of the national FutureChef 2011 competition - Alicia Barratt in Year 10. Alicia was our school heat winner, and went on to represent the school brilliantly in the final.
There are lots of Gifted and Talented opportunites in Business, some of which relate to Business and Enterprise and are supported by Technology status. In year 9, students have the opportunity to take part in the Young Dragons Enterprise event. Last year, our team won the county final with their idea for a phone app showing students activities happening in their local area.
An after school group is held for Gifted and Talented English students. The group allows pupils to explore aspects of English in a less formal environment than their classes. So far students have written their own short stories and poems, which are soon to be made into an anthology.
The PE department offers a variety of trips and groups for Gifted and Talented students. One such trip happened in June last year, when a group of Year 7 and 8 students went to Tamworth Snowdome.
The purpose of the trip was to allow our pupils to sample sports they may not have had an opportunity to try before, and to explore possible access routes into Winter Olympic events.
Another Gifted and Talented initiative in the PE department is the Gedling Athletic Development Academy. This is a programme of weekly sessions which all Gedling Borough school are included in. The aim of the academy is:
- To provide athletic, emotional and social support to pupils identified as talented in Physical Education by schools or by clubs.
- To support schools by giving regular, quality support and information feedback, in terms of athletic development and the relevant needs of children.
- To offer pathways for children to have the opportunity to perform at an elite level.