Gifted and Talented
Preston Manor's Mission Statement sets out the ideals by which we wish to be judged. We aspire to provide all our pupils with an education which allows them to fulfil their intellectual, artistic and sporting potential, and which prepares them for active citizenship in wider society by teaching them to value themselves and others. The School's Equal Opportunities Policy defines these goals as a moral issue as well as a matter of effective teaching. Our pupils are entitled to appropriately differentiated materials and methods of teaching, so that all find learning stimulating and challenging and can fully develop their potential.
Our Assessment Policy plays a key role in furthering this aim by defining the means through which we judge the potential of individuals and monitor their progress, while the Behaviour Policy sets out the principles on which we build our learning environment, providing mutual respect and safety for all.
The Gifted & Talented Policy
The Policy aims to create a school environment in which encouragement is given to all pupils to develop their abilities and interests to the full. To cultivate self-discipline, a responsible attitude and good working relationships with staff based on mutual respect. All students should feel secure in excelling and leading. Students should feel good about achieving and doing well.
How does Preston Manor provide for the more able student?
All students will be given the opportunity to do work that both interests and 'Challenges' them. This does not mean simply getting MORE work. Twice a Year, the more able students are interviewed by Mr Ward, DHOY & HOY. Your child will have an Individual Education Plan - which will target specific areas that he/she has identified as needing additional support in.
Parents/Guardians will receive a copy of these targets. The advancement they make in their studies is monitored and out of school activities are offered which are designed to meet their learning needs.
What is the Gifted & Talented Programme?
Schools in the Excellence In Cities project are required to identify between 5 to 10% of their students (per year group) for inclusion in the programme. At Preston Manor, we identify 7% of the children on the basis of their all round academic ability, and 3% for their special talent in Art, Music, drama or Sport.
How is the 'more able' student identified?
The School uses SATS scores, NFER tests, reports from subject teachers and consultations with form tutors and Heads of Year to identify the children.
How can Parents support their more able child?
Give MORE positive encouragement, NOT MORE pressure.