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Most Able Students
Most Able students (formerly known as 'Gifted and Talented') have been defined as those students who have one or more abilities developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group (or with the potential to develop these abilities). Read news stories from the Most Able group.
Most Able pupils are those who will exceed the expectations for their age group, either in all subjects or just one. The Most Able are a diverse group and their range of attainment will be varied; some do well in statutory national curriculum tests or national qualifications. However, being Most Able covers much more than the ability to succeed in tests and examinations.
Most Able students comprise around 5-10% of the Academy population. At HBAED we identify the Most Able students in all subjects.
How does the Academy identify Most Able students?
Our Most Able students are identified on entry to the Academy using information held by primary schools about that student’s learning and achievements in Key Stage 2. We use this information to make sure we provide students with the right level of challenge. Our Most Able students will be identified on entry by:
having a Key Stage 2 fine score in maths and English of level 5.4 or above
having a Key Stage 2 score in maths and English of level 5.0 or above if they are a Pupil Premium student
having a CATS test score in the top 10% nationally
showing exceptional attainment in a range of subjects in the first term of Year 7.
Most Able students are identified and placed on the Academy’s Most Able register. We give particular attention to disadvantaged Most Able students. We recognise that nationally Most Able students do less well in schools where they are in the minority, Most Able boys do less well than Most Able girls, and Most Able Disadvantaged Students do less well than Most Able non-Disadvantaged students.
The register is reviewed and updated regularly during the academic year, based on hard and soft data. Most Able students are not removed from the list if underperforming, instead additional intervention is agreed for these students. Pupil Premium grant money is allocated for this where students are eligible.
We have developed a culture of high expectations for students and teachers so that the quality of curriculum delivery, teaching and assessment in both foundation and core subjects is high. This begins with identification based on Key Stage 2 data, rigorous target setting and careful tracking and intervention.
In addition to using data provided by primary schools, Most Able students will be identified over time using:
- Subject identification criteria – reviewed at the start of the year and published to all staff and students
- Subject area nominations – based on relevant assessment profiles using multiple types of quality assessment including teacher assessment
- Assessment results – such as standard tests, CATs and examination performance externally and internally
- Most Able Coordinator nomination – using data that tracks the performance of students, the Most Able Coordinator will also examine nominations to make sure the correct students are identified and placed on the register.
- Parent consultation – we will consider parental nomination and welcome any background, knowledge or evidence of a pupil’s work done at home if appropriate. This information will be cross referenced to performance data and the Academy decision is final.
What are the opportunities and events for Most Able students?
There are many opportunities for Most Able students including:
- Russell Group (Year 11). This new scheme is designed to prepare Year 11 students within our Most Able Core for applications to elite universities. Students attend weekly Oxbridge-style tutorials on extracurricular topics within the history of ideas, led by two Oxbridge alumni on our staff. The group attends occasional cultural events.
- The Brilliant Club (Year 10) – 12 arts and humanities students will be mentored through an assignment by a PhD research student in half term 4.
- The Brilliant Club (Year 9) – 12 maths and science students will be mentored through an assignment by a PhD research student in half term 4.
- The Harris Experience (Year 9). This new Federation-wide project broadens the cultural opportunities of some of our most able Year 9 students, including by giving them access to teachers/lecturers who can stretch them beyond the current limits of their curriculum. The programme incorporates lectures on art appreciation, trips to concerts, theatres, art galleries and museums, master classes on challenging extra-curricular topics and careers advice. Ultimately it is designed to prepare students for applications to elite universities.
- Maths mentoring (Years 7 and 9). Currently we are launching a scheme which will see some of our most able Year 9 students providing academic mentoring in maths to some of our ablest Year 7 students. Mentors will meet mentees on a fortnightly basis to set them challenging maths problems.
- Salters’ Festival of Chemistry (Key Stage 3). In April, 4 Key Stage 3 students will be competing at a Salters’ Festival of Chemistry at University College London.
- Battle of the Brains Federation Competition.
- Literacy, Numeracy and Sports Leaders.
Most Able extra-curricular timetable
We have special extra-curricular activities for Most Able students. Download the latest list of activities (updated November 2017).
Model of support for Most Able students at Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich
The Leader for Most Able is Jake Metcalfe firstname.lastname@example.org
Further documents and policies relating to our support for 'more able' students can be downloaded from our Equalities and additional intervention page.