What Does Able, Gifted and Talented Mean?
Chipping Norton School strongly believes that every child matters and should have the opportunities to achieve their potential. In order to facilitate this some pupils will benefit from challenge and inspiration beyond that offered within the curriculum. Challenge and indeed failure are essential parts of learning.
The Government defines Able, Gifted and Talented pupils as “children who are achieving, or who have the potential to achieve, at a level substantially beyond the rest of their peer group.” As such every school will have pupils identified as Able, Gifted and Talented. The term ‘Gifted’ is generally applied to pupils who have demonstrated exceptional ability in academic subjects such as English, Maths and Science. The term ‘Talented’ is used in reference to pupils who have shown outstanding ability in a practical subject such as Art, Music or PE. At Chipping Norton School we refer to all pupils from each category together as ‘Very Able’.
Pupils are identified as being Able, Gifted and Talented using Teacher recommendations within individual subjects and across the school using CAT scores primarily in Years 7-11 and GCSE results for Years 12 and 13.
What Opportunities Are Offered To Able, Gifted and Talented Pupils?
There is no set programme for AGT pupils, a variety of activities are offered and they will change each year as opportunities present themselves, however there are some annual competitions that individual subjects will participate in each year such as the UK Maths Challenge and the UK Space Design Competition.
More commonly AGT events will be one-off events identified by teaching staff as being particularly inspirational or offering a level of challenge appropriate to the most able pupils within their subject. Pupils and Parents will be informed about these events by letter as they arise.