Supporting more able and talented pupils in secondary schools - June 2012

Summary

The purpose of this survey report is to:

  • evaluate the quality and effectiveness of strategies used by secondary schools and local authorities to support and challenge more able and talented pupils;
  • highlight examples of good practice and its impact on pupils;
  • identify weaknesses and gaps in provision; and
  • evaluate how successful Welsh Government guidance and training have been in improving provision and standards for more able and talented pupils.

Recommendations

Schools should:

  • build on existing transition arrangements between primary and secondary schools to provide better continuity and progression in the education of more able and talented pupils;
  • improve the use of data and assessment to identify, track and monitor the progress of more able and talented pupils and share this information with all staff and relevant parents;
  • provide enriched opportunities and appropriately challenging provision across the curriculum for more able and talented pupils to achieve the highest standards;
  • ensure that more able and talented pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds receive specific support to overcome barriers to their learning;
  • provide mentoring for more able and talented pupils to help them make the best extra-curricular, option and career choices;
  • train school leaders, teachers and support staff on how to address the needs of more able and talented pupils and use networks of professional practice to share best practice; and
  • improve parents’ understanding of how they can better support the education of their more able or talented child.

Local authorities should:

  • train school improvement officers on how to identify, support, track, monitor and evaluate the progress of more able and talented pupils; and
  • use data more effectively to evaluate trends over time in the achievement of more able and talented pupils.
     

Best practice case studies

You can read the following examples of best practice in Appendix 1 of the full report:

  • Caerphilly County Borough Council - Local authority support for developing the provision for more able and talented pupils in secondary schools
  • Y Pant Comprehensive School - Identification, assessment, tracking and improving provision for a group of Year 7 more able and talented pupils from 2006 to 2011
  • Treorchy Comprehensive School - Accelerated provision in Welsh for more able and talented pupils
  • Ysgol Bro Morgannwg - Transition arrangements and identification of more able and talented pupils
  • Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni - Accelerated curriculum for more able and talented pupils in mathematics and science in key stage 3
  • Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Myrddin - Extending and enhancing the provision for Year 11 and Year 12 more able and talented pupils
  • Newbridge School - Activity 1 targeted curriculum development for more able and talented pupils in science and activity 2 introducing a variety of ‘seed-funding’ initiatives for more able and talented pupils
  • St Joseph’s R.C. High School - Extending the literacy skills of pupils who are more able and talented in English
  • Castell Alun High School - Introducing GCSE astronomy to the school curriculum

 

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