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Helpful Websites for More Able & Talented Students

General Websites

These websites offer general advice and guidance for parents, teachers and students regarding the more able and talented agenda. Some of the websites offer ideas and resources for students. Explore and have fun.


Click on the name of the association to visit the website:

National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE)

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

The Standards Site, Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)


Qualifications Curriculum Authority

London Gifted and Talented.

Brunel Able Children’s Centre (BACE)


How Stuff Works

Excellence East



Keeping Current

One of the key elements we seek to encourage in all our students is an awareness of current affairs. Below is a list of organisations who can keep you up to date with current news and opinions as well as links to political institutions. We have tried to be international and politically even-handed in our choice to encourage diversity of thinking.

Youth Parliament

British Government

UK Parliament

Welsh Government

European Parliament

Farlex Free Library

The Times

The Independent

The Financial Times

The Guardian

New York Times

The Washington Post

The Japan Times

The Nation


University Education

This section has been included to raise awareness of the possibilities for our able students from early in their school careers through to the time for university application.

The Complete University Guide

The Guardian University Guide

The Times – University World Rankings

Plant Biology University Rankings

Oxford University

Cambridge University

Oxbridge Applications

Oxbridge Entrance Tutor

Russell Group Universities

Academic Ranking of World Universities

British University & College Sport

Subject Specific Websites

As the school recognises that students have abilities in specific subject areas, the following list offers extra information and resources for students, teachers and parents in those areas.


Paul Carney Arts

Business Studies


Business Studies Online

Child Development

Teacher direct



National Association of Youth Theatres



Creative Drama

Royal Acadamy of Dramatic Art

Design Technology

Technology Enhancement Programme

Design and Technology Association

Technology student

National Grid for Learning

Design Technology


BBC Hard Spell

The Times Spelling Bee

UCL Grammar

DfE Writing Opportunities

National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE)

Spartacus Educational

Write 4 Kicks

Tim Sheppard

Film Studies

Internet Movie Database

Film Education






Geographical Association

Geography Teaching Today

National Geographic

Royal Geographical Society



Spartacus Educational

Institute of Historical Research

Home Economics

Learning and Teaching Scotland


ICT / Computing

For a full list of websites, free downloads and other resources please see the ICT department website.



Nrich (Mathematics)


Pass Maths (magazine)

School Work Out

Figure This

Cool Math

Media Studies

Media Studies Goodies

British Film Institute (BFI)


Teaching ideas

Awards for young musicians

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama



Youth Sport Trust 

PE Office Ltd

Welsh Sports Association

London Olympics





Top Marks

Unlocking RE

World Religions


Planet Science

National Science Museum

Nuffield Foundation




Spanish Language

Spanish Online

Kennesaw State University


Travel and Tourism

Excellence Gateway

National Maritime Museum




Learn Welsh


LearnSmart / Thinking Skills




Minimus (Latin)

Ethnologue (language interest)






















Thinking Skills

Accessing your school work from home

If you need to access your school work on the Y Pant computer network you can use Reach.

Login using your username and password as you would in school.  You can then download files to your home computer and upload files to the school network.  If the file already exists in school it’s best to upload it with a new filename.

Some file extensions might be blocked.  If you have a problem with this please let your ICT teacher know as soon as possible and we will let you know if it can be unblocked.

Don’t upload loads of music to listen to in school though – we have limited space on our student server!

Debt – as a computer game?

There’s a lot of “stuff” out there on the internet.  ICT students should know that we generally catagorise this as information.  That is, data within a context.

Every week or so, I intend to post a link to something I’ve found on the web which presents ideas or information in a different way.  This video is brilliant. Called Debtris the maker is using data about government debt and presenting it in the form of a Tetris game.

If you have any sites you’ve come across that you’d like to share – let me know.

Results of the ICT Survey

Many thanks to all those of you who took part in the ICT survey before Christmas. This will be a bit help when planning how best to incorporate ICT into the curriculum further for all subjects. The number of responses received was not as high as we’d hoped for but enough for us to draw some reasonable conclusions from the data.

Access to a Computer at Home

It appears that the vast majority of students have access to a computer at home. Just over half have access to a shared family computer with 40% of pupils having their own computer.

Computer Access

3% of pupils do not have access to a computer at home.

Whilst we will continue to provide access to ICT facilities at lunchtime through ICT club this means we can be more confident that giving students homework/coursework that requires a computer will be unlikely to cause a problem.

Access to the Internet At Home

Of course having access to a computer is not the only requirement for a great deal of work. We also asked about internet access and the results were similar.

internet access

96% of our student body have access to the internet in some form at home. Limited Access indicates students who’s parents monitor and restrict either the content being browsed or the time spent on the internet.

Again from a teaching point of view we now know that we can assume that almost all students have internet access for coursework / homework requirements.

Students can continue to access the internet during ICT club at lunchtimes for work purposes although sites such as Facebook and Bebo are permanently blocked.

Taking Computer Based Work to School

It is important that when students complete homework or coursework at home they are able to bring it into school as easily as possible. Nearly 70% of pupils use USB memory sticks. Whilst this is absolutely fine they are not without problems. Recent virus issues at school resulted in a temporary ban (although this has now been resolved) and memory sticks are frequently lost.

Bringing work in from Home

The website has a link to a facility called Reach which enables students and staff to access their school user areas at home. Disappointingly fewer than 5% of students use this. Whilst there have been very restrictive technical problems recently it also appears that almost half those surveyed did not know about Reach. As well as working on the technical reliability we will also start providing better education to students about how to use Reach.


A large factor in pupils bringing work to school successfully is software compatibility. Y Pant is primary PC based although Music and Media Studies are making increasing use of Apple Macs. Fewer than 5% of respondants said they have a Mac at home.


Throughout the ICT suites in Y Pant we have Windows XP installed with Microsoft Office 2003. We also use Publisher and Access 2003 – which are not usually part of the home version of Office. We also use Macromedia software for DiDA – using the MX 2004 versions.

Other Features

15% of respondants expressed an interest in ICT sessions for parents / guardians in school. We have already started running some sessions for senior citizens as part of the school’s E3+ programme. Many parents took the opportunity to provide the school with their email address. Some of these were then contacted by email during school closure days. Contacting parents by email and/or text is certainly something we will be looking into more in the future.