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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

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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?


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.

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9 Ways to Identify GAT Learners

GAT Builder

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

Leading G&T in School

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