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MORE ABLE, GIFTED & TALENTED

Learn more about defining, finding and supporting pupils who excel in one or more areas. Explore and try out resources designed to challenge the best without excluding anyone else.
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KEY IDEAS ABOUT MORE ABLE, GIFTED & TALENTED LEARNING

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KEY IDEAS ABOUT MORE ABLE, GIFTED & TALENTED LEARNING An Article introducing Gifted, More Able and Talented learning.

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Categories: Article, Gifted, Able & Talented, Other Subject, Educators

Tags: Gifted Able & Talented

What is meant by 'gifted', 'talented' and 'more able', and who should be on the list? Is it just reading, writing and maths? Should every class be providing names for these subjects? And what if your top writers are below national average? Equally what if half your writers in class are all significantly above average? And how do your personal, departmental and school values sit with political, social and economic views?

Tricky.

Let's face it, some people do some things far better than most other people: Richard Branson makes money; Mozart made music; Eve Muirhead curls, and Tim Vine tells jokes. If we look hard enough, everybody is good at something, but how good do they need to be to stand out from the crowd?

In schools we can start with a totally generic description of AGT: “Those pupils who do, or could do, something much better than most others” From this “tabula rasa” we involve all stakeholders in making it school specific. Parents, students, teachers respond to: What are our ‘somethings’? What does ‘much better mean’? Who are ‘most others’?

Once a working definition is in place we can start looking for pupils who meet our criteria, tracking them and providing learning activities. Provision for these pupils is moving away from not only ‘choosing the AGTs’ for special intervention and ‘putting them on the register’ to an approach inspired by Deborah Eyre, namely to “Expect significantly more from significantly more pupils”; pitch to above the top of the class and provide support – rather than pitch just above the middle and provide 3 levels of differentiation.

By raising the bar above the highest level, everyone reaches further.


Books more able, Gifted and Talented Training

Good provision for G&T pupils is good provision all round. By thinking about the needs of one specific pupil group we are learning to match our teaching to the learning expectations of any pupil group.

I provide training and consultation designed especially for the needs of G&T pupils - whether they're just starting nursery or preparing for the world of work. I run the Masters accredited Leading G&T Provision course for Osiris Educational which runs regularly around the country or can be adapted for delivery in school.

To find out more about Gifted & Talented training for your school Make an Enquiry or visit the Training Page.

Books more able, Gifted and Talented Books by Mike Fleetham
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Talent for Learning

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Talent for Learning An Article describing a refreshingly new and inspiring definition of 'talent'. Includes 6 steps for developing a talent-based ethos in school.

Talent wins games but teamwork and intelligence win championships.
Michael Jordan

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.
Albert Einstein

Talent: gift or hard graft? Talent: revealed, discovered, nurtured or earned? 
Talent management: a school’s fundamental purpose?


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Categories: Article, Gifted, Able & Talented, Multiple Intelligences, Skills-Based Learning, Any Subject, Educators

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9 Ways to Identify GAT Learners

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9 Ways to Identify GAT Learners An extract from Including Gifted, Able and Talented Learners offering a 9-point checklist to watch for high flyers (in all subject/skill areas).

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Categories: Book & EBook, Gifted, Able & Talented, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Gifted Able & Talented Leadership Assessment

4 Expert Support Packs

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4 Expert Support Packs Book Associated Resources providing 4 additional resources to support specific gifts, abilities and talents in children: Storytelling, Inventing, Geography and Sport. Taken from the book Including GAT Learners, from LDA in which there are 21 further subject based resources.

Categories: Book & EBook, Gifted, Able & Talented, DT, English, Geography, PE

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Leading G&T in School

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Leading G&T in School An extract from Including Gifted, Able and Talented Learners, offering quick and clear advice for effective GAT school leadership.

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Categories: Book & EBook, Gifted, Able & Talented, Any Subject, Educators

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Including Gifted, Able & Talented Children
in the Primary Classroom
by Mike Fleetham

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Including Gifted, Able & Talented Children<br> in the Primary Classroom <br>by Mike Fleetham A Book for those leading provision for more able, gifted and talented pupils in their primary (and lower secondary) classes. Covers policy and practice with clear guidance on how to define, identify, teach, assess and include more able pupils. A book offering a wealth of support to you and your school as you respond to the needs of these learners.

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Categories: Book & EBook, Gifted, Able & Talented, Any Subject, Infant, Junior

Tags: Gifted Able & Talented Creative Curriculum

Advance Organiser - Think Sheet

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Advance Organiser - Think Sheet A Think Sheet offering thinking prompts to help pupils understand and use Advance Organsiers. Especially suitable for younger GAT pupils.

Categories: Think Sheet, Gifted, Able & Talented, Planning, Any Subject, Secondary, Tertiary

Tags: Planning Visual Thinking Advance Organiser Gifted Able & Talented
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Oxford Tutorial: Thanks, You Taught Me How to Think
by David Palfreyman

Oxford Tutorial: Thanks, You Taught Me How to Think<br> by David Palfreyman ".... Thanks, You Taught Me How to Think" A fascinating insight into the traditional learning support system used in Oxford University.

Available from Amazon

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Categories: Suggested Books, Gifted, Able & Talented

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Maths Challenges

Maths Challenges Many engaging maths challenges - quick to set longer to solve.

www.figurethis.org

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Categories: Websites, Mathematics, Gifted, Able & Talented

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Interactive Thinking Games

Interactive Thinking Games Interesting and engaging high order thinking experiences.

serendip.brynmawr.edu/bb/

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Categories: Websites, Creativity, Gifted, Able & Talented

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