Ian Ramsey Church of England Academy aims to provide quality educational experiences in order to meet the individual needs of all our pupils. Therefore, it is important that the needs of most able pupils should be recognised and strategies developed for their identification and support.
Ian Ramsey CE Academy believes it is critical to recognise the existence of all round exceptional ability but we also acknowledge the greater number of pupils who are most able in specific areas.
We aim to provide flexible provision, within an inclusive framework which sets out to provide appropriate teaching and learning opportunities for all pupils. Our pupils will have the opportunity to be involved in enrichment activities and receive support in order to achieve their full potential and raise their aspirations and attainment by developing their:
- Ability to learn
- Range of knowledge
- Core skills such as problem solving
- Intellectual curiosity
- Specific talents
A variety of processes will enable individual the most able pupils to be identified. The curriculum will take into account the needs of the most able pupils through differentiation, extension, enrichment and acceleration, making use of all available expertise. The pastoral needs of our most able pupils will be recognised and supported by the school.
To ensure a consistent and accurate identification process, a variety of methods will be employed which can give reasonable information collectively. Ian Ramsey CE Academy will take advantage of information about pupils from a variety of sources:
- Teacher recommendation – general characteristics checklist to be used to support staff referral
- Parental information
- Peer observation
- Records of achievement
- Formal tests and national curriculum attainment levels
- Extra-curricular activities
- Team/group activities
- A differentiated curriculum will enable pupils to demonstrate their abilities
This process will result in an identified cohort of pupils who represent the most able pupils in each year group/class according to their academic ability or particular talents. This could also include pupils who are currently underachieving but have the potential and may need specific support. These pupils identified will be representative of the school, as a whole, in terms of gender and ethnicity. Identified pupils’ names will be communicated to all teachers and parents/guardians and their progress will be monitored.