G&T - Gifted and Talented

G&T - Gifted and Talented

Dave Thomas | 10/05/2010

This document is a statement of the aims, principles and strategies for provision for the Gifted and Talented pupils in Physical Education, Sport and Dance at All Stars School. It was developed in 2004 through a process of consultation with governors, senior management, parents and teaching staff.

Rationale

All Stars School is committed to the principle of providing the best possible learning opportunities for all of its pupils. There are many different areas of PE, Sport and Dance and children may be very talented in one area, though not as skilled in another.

Within this context it is important to:

  • Cater for the specific needs of pupils who show a particular aptitude in Physical Education, Sport and Dance
  • Work with external partners to cater for those pupils who are involved in high level sporting activities outside school.

Aims

  • To identify, challenge and support gifted and talented pupils through the organisation of the Physical Education curriculum and extended curriculum
  • To encourage the expression of talent and to encourage pupils to recognise the benefits and challenges of being a talented performer
  • To set targets which encourage pupils to work to their potential
  • To identify and support those pupils who are potentially very talented to perform at a level that substantially exceeds that which is expected for their age
  • To help Gifted and Talented pupils develop the personal qualities which will enable them to maximise their potential

Checklist

Pupils who are Gifted and Talented in PE, Sport and Dance are likely to demonstrate many or all of the following characteristics in at least one activity.

  • Perform exceptionally well at one sport, or in many
  • Good spatial awareness
  • Good understanding of movement quality such as weight and time
  • Skilful body management showing a high degree of control and coordination
  • Able to combine movements fluently, precisely and accurately
  • Learn, understand and adopt technical aspects of a sport very quickly
  • Able to make correct decisions in pressure situations and adapt their technique accordingly
  • Creative, original and adaptable; able to respond quickly to new challenges and situations, often finding new and innovative solutions.
  • Able to reflect on processes and outcomes in order to improve performance, taking into account the relationship between skill, fitness and tactics or composition.
  • Able to work independently and with initiative
  • Show a high degree of motivation to practice and performance

Identification

The identification of Gifted & Talented pupils in PE, Sport and Dance may be problematic due to the diverse nature of the activities involved. Pupils may be very talented in an area beyond the scope of the school curriculum. To identify pupils staff will use the following:

  • Teacher knowledge and observation
  • Discussion with colleagues
  • Information from colleagues in other institutions
  • The Department Checklist
  • Information from the pupil, peers, parents and NGB accredited coaches
  • Information from external agencies e.g. NGB, professional clubs or other accredited organisations
  • Evidence of pupils’ performance at County level or above

The names of talented pupils will be maintained on a departmental register. The names of the very talented will be forwarded, with appropriate evidence, for inclusion on the school register. Registers will be reviewed annually.

Provision

The QCA Schemes of Work describe progress through a series of core tasks. These develop in complexity, depth and difficulty through the four Key Stages, providing increased challenge and opportunities for pupils to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding. Gifted & Talented pupils need opportunities to develop the range and quality of their skills through tasks that stretch them technically, physically and mentally.

  • Schemes of work include extension material
  • Curriculum enrichment opportunities are provided
  • A register of talented sports people in the school is compiled and up-dated on a regular basis
  • A lifestyle management programme is provided for those pupils on the register (Junior Athlete Education)
  • Parents/carers are consulted and involved in the implementation of strategies to support their child
  • Where appropriate external individuals and agencies are involved in the planning and implementation of these strategies.

Strategies for provision

Many Gifted & Talented pupils have specific needs that stretch beyond the skill, knowledge and expertise of the teacher. Schools should consider how to provide these pupils with adequate challenges and how to relate the curriculum to pupil’s knowledge, expertise, experiences and training outside the school. This may mean involving coaches and parents and developing a life style management plan. The programme should take account of a pupils’ high level of commitment and the demands of training and competition that may be involved. The needs of individuals will be considered and differentiated techniques and acceleration employed as appropriate. Pupils will be given the opportunity to develop breadth and depth in their knowledge, skills and understanding through opportunities to think creatively, explore and develop ideas, suggest solutions or explanations and reflect on what has been heard, seen or done.

Teachers will endeavor to:

  • Allow pupils to miss stages when evidence demonstrates their performance substantially exceeds that of their peers
  • Select suitable challenges from the next Unit of Work
  • Provide opportunities for pupils to find creative solutions to challenges, take risks and cope with failure
  • Encourage independent work
  • Provide extension work which is exciting and challenging
  • Manage differentiated activity through pace, task, dialogue, input, support, resource, content, responsibility and independence as well as through outcome
  • Encourage pupils to refine their work by reviewing and evaluating.
  • Discuss with pupils what they are learning and encourage them to identify their own learning needs
  • Provide opportunities for pupils to work together in a range of learning situations
  • Work with the school Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator to implement a strategy, (Individual Education Plan) which supports talented pupils.
  • Take account of other needs – sometimes time to rest and recuperate may be best.
  • Provide personal support to pupils e.g. through a mentor, to help them manage the pressures of school, academic success and the demands of high-level sport.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Staff will make every effort to create an atmosphere that encourages pupils to succeed. All staff will monitor pupils’ work and feed information into the department assessment process.  

The work of Gifted & Talented pupils will be discussed at department meetings. The department will monitor and record progress in activities inside and outside the school environment. The achievements of all pupils, including the Gifted & Talented, will be valued and recognised in an appropriate way. 
A nominated teacher from the department will meet with the school co-ordinator at least once a term to share information on relevant issues.

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