Ideas for challenging your most able students
- BBC Schools Report for years 7 and 8
- Running an extended project competition for years 9 and 10
- Delivering a lunchtime seminar series for year 11
In addition to this, we will be looking to update the register inline with regulation, but we will now be referring to the cohort as Accelerated Learners. In the next few weeks, I will be emailing to ask for subject nominations for the new year 7s as well as asking you to review the existing lists to check for any additions or removals.
The report highlights the importance of having high expectations of all students, finding flexibility in the curriculum to allow students to be challenged and extended, purposeful homework as well as identifying and tracking pupils early and meticulously.
One strategy which incorporates these ideas is 'teaching to the top'; this practice involves displaying the full complexity of the topic before breaking it down in to smaller chunks, modelling and celebrating sophisticated language and using open ended tasks so that the most able students can be fully stretched. Read more about this on Tom Sherrington's blog - http://headguruteacher.com/2012/09/12/gifted-and-talented-provision-a-total-philosophy/
If you have any ideas about projects for the ACE programme or would like to be involved in delivering an aspect of it, it would be great to hear from you!