At The King Edmund School we work together to ensure that Gifted and Talented students are engaged and challenged so that they fulfil their potential.
In creating a climate where it is acceptable to be able, we endeavour to:
- Raise the aspirations of all students
- Raise the expectations of achievement for all students
- Encourage greater enterprise, self-reliance and independence for all students
- An able student has the ability to achieve at a level significantly in advance of the peer group.
- A gifted student has the capacity for high levels of performance in an academic area.
- A talented student has a specific ability in a non-academic area.
Gifted and talented students are identified by making a judgement based on a variety of evidence. This includes:
- Liaison with feeder primary schools
- Test scores (end of key stage levels, reading ages, CATs, MIDYIS, YELLIS or ALIS)
- Teacher nomination (based on classroom observation, work scrutiny, discussions with students and key assessments)
- Predicted test and examination results
- Performance in one or more extra-curricular activities
Meeting the needs of Gifted and Talented students
It is the responsibility of all teachers to assist gifted and talented students in developing their wide range of talents and abilities. Class teachers should ensure that learning experiences develop, enhance and extend the identified abilities of students within their teaching groups. This involves:
- Having high expectations of students
- Effective differentiation of classwork and homework
- Preparing lessons which stimulate, interest, challenge, inform, inspire and encourage
- Providing opportunities for gifted and talented students to work with students of similar ability
- The provision of enrichment/extension activities and tasks including homework
- Development of independent learning by allowing students to organise, evaluate and critique their own work
- Offering appropriate courses
- Ensuring that opportunities for extension and enrichment are built into all schemes of work
- Monitoring the performance of gifted and talented students to ensure that they are achieving at levels beyond the group
- Recognising and rewarding achievement
- Providing a wide range of extra-curricular activities and clubs
At KES we actively participate with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), a nationwide organisation who believe that every young person has the right to a broad and balanced education. STEM subjects are valuable not only because they can lead to exciting and rewarding career options, but also because they enable individuals to be active citizens in an increasingly technological society. They open doors, provide options and are vital to our world today.
At KES we are excited about the opportunities STEM offers our staff and students and we will be providing more extracurricular opportunities throughout the year. At present there are projects in Science, Technology and Computing.
Each July the Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society run a series of Technology competitions for schools in Essex. This is aimed at students in Years 7 to 13 and takes place at Anglia Ruskin University, where students showcase their work to a team of judges from businesses such as Ford UK and E2V.
One of the categories open to our students is the STEM Award. As part of the Design and Technology club at KES, we have in previous years entered KS5 students, but last year saw the first entry of some KS3 and KS4 students. We were able to win several top awards for innovation and design execution. Entries included examination coursework and personal projects from technology based subjects and club interests. Entries are co-ordinated and students chosen by Design and Technology staff and currently, a team of nine KS3 students meets each week to work on a toy or game of their own design.