What is understood by most able?
The Council for the Curriculum, Examinations & Assessment (CCEA) has used the term most able to describe those students who are achieving or who have the potential to achieve a level substantially beyond the rest of their peer group at Kingsthorpe College. ‘Most able’ encompasses students who are able across the curriculum.
Who are most able students?
Most able students are high performers across all areas of the curriculum this has been determined by either their academic attainment at the end of year 6 or their GCSE results. These students have the potential to academically achieve substantially beyond their peer group.
Why is supporting most able students important?
At Kingsthorpe College we believe time and resources should be dedicated to this group of young people, not only to raise aspiration but also to provide tailored opportunities to further enhance their subject understanding away from the classroom environment.
We believe that this group of young people have the innate capabilities to achieve. The most able programme aims to provide academic, pastoral and real world opportunities to not only help them to realise these capabilities but also drive them on to succeed beyond the results they will achieve at Kingsthorpe College.
What is the experience for students at KS3 and KS4?
For years 7 to 11 the pastoral element of the programme will focus on providing opportunities for students to analyse, reflect on and develop how they can be best supported within lessons.
Sessions will focus on providing opportunities to review the super-curricular activities and discuss their experiences of stretch and challenge across the curriculum.
We need to challenge students to think outside the box and push themselves outside their comfort zone. Challenge should not be so large that the task is impossible and breaks their motivation, but instead we need to make sure stretch and challenge is carefully tailored to allow growth of their knowledge within achievable limits.
Students will analyse and reflect on current practice and discuss solutions. This will then be used to then inform changes which need to be implemented by the directors of learning in each faculty.
What is the experience for KS5 students?
For years 12 and 13 the honours programme will focus on fortnightly meetings to ensure that their future aspirations are carefully considered and appropriate steps are put into place to succeed with these aspirations.
- Subject masterclasses & boot camps
- Summer residentials
- BME events
- Open days
- Oxford and Cambridge conferences
- VetCam & vet school
- Realising opportunities programme
What is the super-curriculum?
The evidence shows us that providing opportunities for learning beyond the curriculum and confines of the classroom environment not only enhances knowledge and understanding, but also leads to greater aspiration to achieve.
We have collated a variety of speakers, events and visits to provide a diverse range of opportunities that will offer something for all students and their particular interests.
A range of politicians from two political allegiances will speak to students about their local knowledge and experiences, how they have had to discuss these at a national level and how they have overcome the challenges they have faced.
- Law and criminal justice
This theme provides an experience of the criminal justice system from policing, to the court system, to a circuit judge. This also encompasses a visit to Warwick for students who might be interested in studying law at university.
- Business, banking and finance
The business breakfast earlier today provided a chance for students to speak to businesses with local links about careers and experiences of the work place. The trip to Warwick provides an opportunity for year 10 and 11 students to learn about pathways into banking and finance at a university level.
- Oracy and debate
We have entered four nationally recognised oracy competitions.
The evidence shows us that developing oracy skills allows students to be confident, articulate, emotionally intelligent and academically successful.
To be successful communicators, both now and in the future, students need the skills and confidence to deliberate, debate and examine critically the arguments presented by others.
These workshops and competitions will provide an opportunity to students to build these skills.
- Science and maths
The science and maths theme encompasses visits to the National Space Centre and professionals coming to Kingsthorpe College to conduct maths master-classes to year 7, 8 and 9 students.
Year 7 and 10 students will have the opportunity to visit the National Space Centre to experience a Chemistry master class and to learn about future career pathways in this diverse field.
- Higher education
The higher education events will be integral to raisings the students’ aspirations and showing them that all higher education options are still very much available to them including Oxford and Cambridge University.
- Additional opportunities
Duke of Edinburgh Award and the Extended Project Qualification.
Where can you find further information?
The following websites are helpful to both parents and students alike:
This is the official site for young, gifted and talented learners and has a wide range of information for parents and students. This website will tell you more about what it means to be Gifted and Talented and includes information about courses and events for the gifted and talented child.
This website provides more information about courses available for parents and offers high quality learning programmes and e- resources to stretch children across the curriculum.
- http:// www.gov.uk
This website provides excellent advice to parents and carers to find out how to identify if your child is gifted and talented, and to learn about extra educational support which is available.
The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is an independent charity which works with the whole family to support the child who is gifted and talented. This website offers parents of children with high learning potential the support needed for their children to thrive successfully.
IGGY is an international network for gifted 13-18 years old students aimed at challenging its members to help them reach their full potential.
GIFT is a company with more than 30 years’ experience of providing for the Exceptionally Able, Gifted and Talented child. It is now a specialist consultancy which runs both residential and non-residential courses for gifted children of all ages with a unique resource base of specialists providing over four hundred different extension courses for every imaginable discipline from Archaeology to Zoo physics.