Gifted and Talented

Jasmine Armfield, year 11, performing at the annual awards evening.

Welcome to the Gifted and Talented area of the KJS website. Here, you will find information on Gifted and Talented events as well as useful links and documents to help assist Gifted and Talented students. Gifted and Talented is co-ordinated by Mrs Perella.

What do we mean by ‘Gifted and Talented’ students?
The DfE defines the group supported by the National Programme for gifted and talented education as:  “Children and young people with one or more abilities developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group (or with the potential to develop those abilities).” Students can be selected for both a whole school register as well as individual registers maintained by departments.

All institutions are free to determine the size of their G&T cohort. At King John we aim to identify approximately the top 10% of our learners. These pupils are identified through a combination of teacher assessments and data. You will be informed by letter if your child has been chosen for Gifted and Talented.

The definition ‘able’ has two strands: ‘gifted’ and ‘talented’. King John’s Gifted & Talented policy works on the basis of the following distinctions:

• Gifted is relevant to core academic subjects-
Maths, English, Science, Humanities, ICT etc.

• Talented is a particular skill in creative arts and sports.

What do we do at school to help these pupils?
The biggest focus at King John is to ensure we provide quality teaching and learning for all of our pupils. Within school there are a variety of activities to stretch and challenge them, for example:

• Differentiated tasks
• Independent learning
• Active learning
• Risk taking
• Higher order thinking skills
• Peer teaching
• Enrichment & extension

You might notice that your child is involved in some enrichment activities in or out of school such as:

• Maths Challenge Days
• G&T workshops
• Language competitions
• After school & lunchtime clubs
• Interviews/Careers/Aim Higher days
• Cambridge/Oxford University visit
• Russell Group workshops
• University Summer Schools
• Aspirations & Enrichment days

What can you do to help these students?

The Brilliant Club
24 lucky KJS students from years 7, 8, 9 and 10 were selected for The Brilliant Club this year. They attended a launch trip at Cambridge University on Friday 12th July and will be having weekly tutorials with PHD students from some of the top universities in the country. They will even have a graduation ceremony once they have completed a key assignment. In September, we will be opening this scheme up to more year groups and more students across the school. This gives a variety of students the chance to see what university level study is like!

Please click this link to see the write up on the Cambridge University website.