GIFTED AND TALENTED at PARRS WOOD
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G&T Coordinator - Ms Green
Parrs Wood High School is a large comprehensive school providing educational and learning opportunities for approximately 1979 students including a large sixth form of some 400 students. The 2013 GCSE 5 A* - C pass rate was 66%. The school is looking to build upon the success of this achievement through the further development of a comprehensive Gifted and Talented policy. The Gifted and Talented activities are provided as the school recognises the diverse range of abilities of the students in the school and are actively working towards providing the Gifted and Talented students with distinct teaching and learning opportunities to enhance their achievement and attainment.
Gifted and Talented students are identified by each Faculty. In Years 7 it is those students working above a level 6a, in Year 8 those working at 7b or c and in Year 9 those students working at or above 7a. Within Years 10 and 11 students identified as Gifted and Talented are those working at A*. Faculties review the Gifted and Talented students identified using screenings and assessments.
Once identified the Gifted and Talented students receive confirmation of their status via letters home and appear on a list in school and are identified within their SIMS data.
The Gifted and Talented students then meet during Form Time with myself the Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator. During the year 2013-2014 Year 11 students meet in LG36 on Mondays, Year 10 LG31 Tuesdays, Year 9 LG37 Wednesdays and Year 8 LG38 Thursdays. Year 7 will be identified following the Autumn screenings and will then meet Thursdays in LG38 alternate weeks to the Year 8s. Meetings occur once every two weeks.
Within the sessions each Gifted and Talented student has created their own Individual Education Plan to be reviewed at the end of each term. Within the gifted and Talented meetings each student will develop various thinking skills and problem solving activities. Within each term there is also a challenge. Each student has been given a copy of the overview of the activities, a copy of which is included on the site.
Alongside the session activities Gifted and Talented students attend conferences and trips. In March 2013 Parrs Wood hosted it’s first Gifted and Talented Conference where students participated in three sessions, one on motivation, one on success and one on aspirations. The next conference in October will involve sessions on careers and beliefs. Students have also attended thinking skill and Gateways conferences at Manchester University. Events in the October half term include a trip to Auschwitz with the Holocaust Educational Trust, Year 9 students attending the TEEN TECH event at Manchester University as well as the Parrs wood conference.