Students who show a high level of flair and aptitude in their work at Trafalgar School are identified as higher attaining. These learners are identified on a yearly basis based on KS2 data.
As a school, we recognise that our most able students have the right to learn within the framework of a curriculum that supports and challenges them to make the most of their abilities. Trafalgar School is therefore committed to developing strategies that effectively identify our most able students and providing them with enrichment opportunities and classroom experiences that deepen and broaden their understanding of a range of topics.
Although it may be assumed that all most able students will achieve success in the education system easily, this is not always the case. Appropriate support from teachers, parents and peers together is needed.
At Trafalgar our aim is to ensure the provision of opportunities to boost the attainment, motivation and self-confidence of all students.
We provide this in a number of ways:
Encourage your child to take risks and try things that would normally be outside of their familiar experience.
Visit local museums. Often the museum will have activities that can be a part of a child’s enriched learning. Show you are interested in visiting; discuss what you like, dislike, and what you enjoy and why you feel as you do.
Provide good books, magazines, papers, journals, manuals and any reading matter that stimulates interest in the specific interests of your child, but also in obscure areas of knowledge.
Guides to supporting your child:
Always praise when deserved and always encourage effort and risk-taking. Never praise for praising’s sake.
Travel and explore in whatever context you can, whether visiting an exotic location or walking down every road or street in your area beginning with ‘t’!
Support access to libraries and to the internet.
Make time to talk with your child, not just about what they have done at school but a broader conversation about what is happening in the world; the economy, technological trends, humour, things you have read.
Ask their advice about solving problems; not to add a load to their lives but to seek their advice. A clever, quick mind tends to think about what is or might be possible, rather than ‘it can’t be done’.
Create a learning–study environment and commit time to the school–home learning partnership.
University of Oxford trip
Selected HA year 10 students will be visiting St Edmund Hall for an Oxford Pathways day in which students will receive an introduction to higher education and student finance, interactive sessions with current undergraduate students, lunch served in a college dining hall, a college tour and an series of mini academic taster sessions. Date TBC.
At Trafalgar School we like to help promote the highest standards of literacy for all. Some of our HA students have been chosen to promote our reading culture around the school and community. They helped to organise this year’s World Book Day event and will be visiting feeder schools later in the year.
UNLOC Public Speaking and Debating Club.
Selected year 7 and 8 students have started an extra-curricular club in which they develop their confidence in speaking and expressing ideas. This will be continued when the school reopens.
HA Parents event
Parents of HA students were invited to attend Trafalgar’s parent event to obtain further information and support in helping their children develop their full potential.
Year 11 University booster sessions
GCSE PE University of Chichester trips.
Selected HA year 10 students are given the opportunity to visit the University of Chichester and complete lots of sessions in the labs, have a go at some different sport and get to try out some of their amazing equipment, which tests things like power of their throw when it hits the cricket net etc.
The National Association for Gifted Children
The National Association for Able Children in Education
www.activehistory.co.uk (ask your teacher for the password)
Classic FM & BBC Radio 3
The Royal Institution for summer programmes
Times 100 case studies
nrich.maths.org.uk (and ASKNRICH)
www.pass.maths.org (plus online maths magazine)
www.m-a.org.uk/ (The Mathematical Association)
motivate.maths.org/ (Maths video conferences for schools)
www.technologystudent.com (See also their website links)