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Gifted & Talented Provision at Granton

Granton Primary School values all children equally and endeavours to ensure that each child should have the opportunity to realise their potential in a challenging and supportive environment.

Granton will have, at any time, talented or gifted pupils, some of whom may be exceptionally able and this may be in one or more areas of learning.  We believe that we can make a difference in enabling these pupils to achieve the greatest possible progress and recognise the value and importance of identifying and celebrating their achievements and successes.

Research has shown that by making provision for gifted and talented pupils, the standards of achievement are raised for all pupils: "A rising tide lifts all boats."

Our definition of ability recognises academic and practical performance as well as those who show outstanding artistic, musical and creative talent, physical skills, as well as the ability to process ideas and information. It also recognises that a child may possess this potential although performance may not currently reflect this and targetted interventions throughout the school enable these children to unlock that potential.

As a NACE member school, we pride ourselves on the provision we make for our more able, gifted and talented pupils and always strive to continually reflect on and improve this provision.  We also have access to resources that will support the progress of these, and all our pupils.

In addition to the resources we use at Granton, the following organisations can support parents of pupils who are More Able, Gifted and Talented:

http://www.potentialplusuk.org/

http://www.mensa.org.uk/gifted-talented

http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/parents/gifted_and_talented/

http://www.talentedyoungpeople.com/

http://www.sengifted.org/

 

Provision, Enrichment and Extension 

Provision for Granton's gifted and talented pupils takes place first and foremost within the framework of the National Curriculum through strategic and skilful planning, but also provides opportunities for enrichment through breadth and depth of study, beyond the National Curriculum frameworks.  It is this combination of provision through differentiation, enrichment and extension, that occurs both in class as well as out of class, that ensure that Granton's provision for our gifted and talented pupils a real strength that we are proud of.

In addition, Granton has placed great focus on developing our children's thinking skills.  By thinking skills, we mean skills that support and structure the development of thinking.  Thinking skills are referred to in the National Curriculum through the following areas:

  • information processing skills
  • reasoning skills
  • enquiry skills
  • creative thinking skills
  • evaluation skills
  • higher level questioning skills.

Although thorough and differentiated planning takes account of and caters for the range of needs and abilities that we have at Granton, we are also fortunate to have a wide range of dedicated staff who are able to plan and deliver a range of targetted intervention groups as well as educational visits and workshops to support our more able, gifted and talented learners.  We are also proud to have an excellent range of extra-curricular activities and events that many of our children excel in.

More details of the Gifted and Talented provision across different subject areas at Granton will be on the website shortly.

For any futher information you may require or if you have any questions about your own child, please don't hesitate to ask the Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Corbett, one of the Assistant Headteachers: Miss Cooper (Upper Key Stage 2), Miss Morris (Lower Key Stage 2) Mrs Bosse (Key Stage 1) or our Early Years Phase Leader, Mrs McCarthy.

 

 

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