As part of the RCT initiative in raising aspirations and achievement, eleven Year 9 Y Pant students were invited to attend the RCT More Able and Talented Conference on the 3rd of December. Over 200 students took part in the event from schools in RCT and it was based at the University of South Wales, Pontypridd.
The event focused on motivating high achievers early so that they can be confident in applying to the Russell Group Universities later on in their school life. There were a wide range of workshops that took place during the day and students had the opportunity to meet other young people. James Hall, Project Manager of the charity ‘People and Work Unit’ gave a very personal account of his own experiences studying Theology at Oxford. He reminded students to work hard and try to be involved with activities and clubs inside and outside of school.
Maisie Allen, a Year 9 student, reflected “I enjoyed the Ancient Language workshop because it was interesting as we learnt how to spell our name in Hebrew. The day was enjoyable as we picked up some useful skills. The benefits of the workshops were that we got to interact with other pupils from different schools which helped us with our communication skills. “
Thirty-five Y Pant students are to be published in the Young Writers’ Poetry Anthology. These talented year eight and nine students will appear in the anthology which will be kept in the British Library and further libraries across the UK and Republic of Ireland, providing a lasting record of their achievement.
The competition ran in October and there were thousands of entries. Successful students were praised for their perception, imagination, expression and creative use of language. Both the competition runners and the English department were very impressed with our future Poet Laureates!
However, the competition is far from over. Each of our students has the chance to be picked as one of the 12 finalists who will go to the grand finale – The Poetry Games Online Vote Off! Each of the 12 finalists will submit a video of themselves performing the poem and compete for the grand prize of an iPad and £1000 for our school. A list of the finalists will be released in January and hopefully, with the support of the rest of our students, we shall have a winner from Y Pant!
Congratulations go to:
Gean Sou Mo
Thanks to all students who completed the questionnaire. It is going to take a little more time to filter through all the information on the questionnaire and provide complete feedback. I hope to do this just after the half-term break. However, I have completed some initial findings, which are both interesting and encouraging.
We will be using the Pupil Voice exercise to inform our planning in three areas: teaching and learning provision; extra-curricular enrichment opportunities; and communication to students about MAAT issues.
For example, the preferred learning experiences information will be published for the benefit of all staff and will be included in INSET sessions for new staff coming to the school. This way, we hope that you will see more of those experiences that you say are most beneficial to your learning.
Some of the concrete suggestions made – like awarding a certificate for Progress Files – will be put into practice this year. I will let you know of other practical changes produced from this Pupil Voice exercise when the full report is finished.
If you have any further comments or ideas – or if you missed completing the questionnaire due to absence and would like your views heard – please come and see me in Room 77.
As part of our drive to challenge all students to fulfil their potential, Y Pant recognises that some students are more able and talented and, in rare cases, exceptionally able and talented. We are determined to ensure that these students are fully catered for and as such have a policy and series of programmes to meet this need.
- To provide entitlement to an appropriate education
- To provide opportunities to work at a higher cognitive level
- To provide opportunities to develop specific skills and talents
- To support teachers in their work with these students
- To ensure curriculum challenge
- To show concern for the whole child, both intellectually and socially
- To enrich the curriculum with an enrichment programme
- To facilitate students in accessing external opportunities
Identification of the More Able and Talented
- At Y Pant School procedures for identification of More Able and Talented students will be transparent, non-discriminatory, flexible and effective
- The agreed identification criteria at Y Pant will involve:
- Objective test data (CATs, SATs, GCSEs, AS/A,FT)
- Referral from teachers in-line with the published subject policy for identification
- Referral from outside organisations
- Parental requests will be considered in accordance with the above criteria
- Underachievement, disability or behaviour problems will not prevent a student from inclusion in the cohort
- Students will be added at any time during the school year if they meet the above criteria
- A register of MA&T students will be published annually and updated as necessary. This will be distributed to all staff and available on the Staff Area
- Student referral sheets will be used to ensure consistency in identification and be available on the Staff Area and in the staffroom
- Parents of students identified will be informed.
- A small number of students will be identified as exceptionally able and talented. These students will have regular meetings to monitor progress and to design personalised learning plans where necessary. Parents will be invited to annual reviews.
- It is recognised that there is a need to ensure the social and emotional welfare of students identified as ‘More Able or Talented’
- Our school recognises the complex needs of the exceptionally able students and will seek to provide them with opportunity, enrichment and challenge
- Students will be informed of, and encouraged to attend extra-curricular and E3+ enrichment and extension opportunities
- Parents will be encouraged to support students at home and inform the school of any concerns
- Any enrichment programme should touch on a range of curriculum areas
- Individual subject areas may offer their own opportunities such as visits, master classes and clubs
- Provision will be made for students to work at a higher level. Subjects will make provision in their own appropriate way. These could include:
- Differentiated materials and higher order tasks
- Grouping by ability
- Accelerated entry for GCSE
- Differentiated homework tasks
- Parental feedback