What does Gifted and Talented mean at Treviglas?
Here at Treviglas we believe that every student has a potential gift or talent. We want to find out about, nurture and celebrate the strengths of all our students, in the very broadest sense.
The Department for Education defines Gifted and Talented Learners as:
Those learners who have one or more abilities developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group (or with the potential to develop those abilities).
Gifted describes learners who have the ability to excel academically in one or more subjects such as English, mathematics and science.
Talented describes learners who have the ability to excel in practical skills such as sport, music, design, art, performance, and leadership.
The Gifted and Talented Register
Our college maintains a Gifted and Talented Register for approximately the top 5% of students in each year group for overall ability. This register is formally reviewed each academic year, and parents are kept informed by letter. (Please be aware that if a student transfers to a new school, he/she will not automatically be included on their gifted and talented register.)
The Register of Strengths (parallel to the Gifted and Talented Register)
This register is a record of all the gifts and talents of our students. For example a student may be performing in the top 5% for Maths but may not be in the top 5% overall. In this case they would not be on the Gifted and Talented Register; however they would be on the Register of Strengths for their gifted ability in Maths. Both registers are fluid documents, as all students progress and develop at different rates. These registers are used to inform and assess our teaching and learning provision.
To create a climate where it feels good to be bright: where it’s celebrated, enjoyed and where all students aim high. To raise the level of challenge for everyone, in order to allow all our students to achieve more.
How are our Gifted and Talented students provided for?
In the classroom we aim to:
- Enrich and challenge through differentiated schemes of learning
- Encourage all students to be creative and independent learners
- Promote higher order thinking skills
- Provide opportunities for students to work with like minded peers
- Personalise the learning experience for all students. For example where appropriate we have early exam entries. We successfully secured a place for a year 12 student at the competitive Cambridge University residential experience
- Where possible invite specialist speakers into the classroom
- Recognise and celebrate achievement
Beyond the classroom we aim to:
- Provide a wide range of extra curricular activities
- Encourage students to make competition entries
- Where possible take part in regional Gifted and Talented events
- Where possible organise education visits
The progress of students on the Gifted and Talented register is closely monitored to ensure they meet their full potential. Mentoring is scheduled during the year. Parents are informed of any concerns or developments.
Treviglas Contact Details:
Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator Mrs Robin Penrose
Treviglas Community College,
Bradley Road, Newquay,
Cornwall, TR7 3JA
Where can you find out more?
- ygt.dcsf.gov.uk – The national website (contains a parents’ section)
- www.nace.co.uk – The national association for able children
- www.swgate.org.uk – Our regional gifted and talented gateway
- www.londongt.org – London’s G&T site
- www.nagcbritain.org.uk – Gifted charity good for advice and information
- www.mensa.org – The high IQ society
- www.aquila.co.uk – Magazine