Gifted & Talented, Enrichment

Gifted and Talented pupils – who are they?

  • A general definition is; “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).”
  • According to the Young Gifted and Talented Website (YG&T), previously NAGTY, key areas for identifying a gifted and talented student may include one or more of the following: subject-specific skills, "cross-curricular" skills (such as creativity, leadership, and communication), vocational skills, entrepreneurial skills.
  • YG&T specifically focus on the top 5% of pupils.

Blundell’s Definition (as endorsed by the EiC – Excellence in Cities)

  • 'Gifted' learners as those who have abilities in one or more subjects in the statutory school curriculum other than Art and Design, Music, Drama and PE;
  • 'Talented' learners as those who have abilities in Art and Design, Music, Drama and PE.
  • This guidance uses the phrase 'gifted and talented' to describe all learners with gifts and talents.

How do we identify our G&T pupils in Blundell's?

A whole school G&T register (called the ‘scholars register’) is formed on yearly basis and reviewed termly. Pupils are selected for this register using the following methods:

Gifted

  • Consideration of pupils who have been awarded scholarships and scholarship exam results.
  • Consideration of pupils based on Year 7 and Year 9 MidYIS scores and Alis predictions at A-level.
  • GCSE and AS results (used for year 12 and 13 selection)
  • Consideration of pupils based on recommendations from every academic department (submitted by the Head of Department)
  • Merit and Honours awards
  • Internal school exam results

Talented

  • Consideration of pupils based on recommendation from the head of boys and girls games (passed on through masters in charge of individual sports)
  • Consideration of pupils involved specifically in Art, Drama, Music and Design Technology. Recommendations come from relevant Heads of Department.
  • Art, Music, Sport and Drama scholarships

This information is passed on to the Deputy Head (Academic) who will then draw up the final register of pupils who are considered Gifted or Talented based on the criteria above. Those selected normally meet several of the criteria listed above.

Gifted and Talented Programme Structure

Gifted and Talented policy within Blundell’s is addressed through three different levels:

  • Departmentally
  • Whole School approach
  • Specific G&T focus activities

This web page will give information in two sections:

  • Academic enrichment
    • Links to departments
    • Extra provision/enrichment for G&T pupils
    • The Level 3 Extended Project Qualification
  • Wider enrichment activities

It is important to note that some of these activities are provided with the intention of stretching the most able. However any keen pupil is always welcome. Some of the activities whilst stretching the most able would also be considered as enrichment for all. With many of the activities provided it is difficult to draw clear boundaries. Individual specific talents will generally be stretched within each department as well as through the whole school approach.

Academic Enrichment – Departmental

A large majority of academic enrichment for both our Gifted and Talented pupils and general cohort is undertaken within departments. Please click on the links to the left to see some of the ways our gifted and talented pupils are stretched within each department.

Academic Enrichment – Extra provision/enrichment for G&T pupils

Running alongside the work done in each department is a program of activities designed to push Gifted and Talented pupils. The academic program is covered below (the program for talented pupils is covered in each specific departments policy (music, art, drama etc)

Academic Programme

  • Scholars Society Lectures and dinners
  • Academic Societies, Activities and Clubs
    • Biology Society
    • Business Studies Society
    • Economics Society
    • Chemistry Society
    • Cult Film Club
    • Greek Society
    • Rocket Club
    • Astronomy Society
    • Special Art Status (SAS) activities
    • Spanish Exchange program
    • Economics and Business Lectures
    • Film School
    • Arkwright Scholarships
    • Smallpeice Trust Engineering residential courses
    • Essay competitions for Oxbridge Colleges
    • School elections
  • National Academic Competitions e.g. Olympiads and Kangaroos (e.g. Biology Olympiad (U6th) and Biology Challenge (yr 10). Both run by pupils in the Biology Society
  • Oxbridge entrance: training/preparation.

Academic Enrichment – EPQ

The level 3 Extended Project Qualification gives independent and self-motivated pupils a chance to complete a project based on a title of their own choice which is outside of their AS curriculum. The qualification carries the same UCAS points as an AS and can be used to enhance university applications. The program structure is outlined below.

Term Content
AS Autumn 1/2 EPQ introduced and initial proposal form handed in to supervisor with first idea for project title and initial thoughts.
Spring 1/2 2 lunch time meetings – introduction to paperwork and process in more detail. Development of a working title.
Summer 2 5 week intensive EPQ drive. 5 double lessons of taught content. Individual contact time with BW (supervisor) – one session per week by arrangement. Intensive research leading to the finalisation of the title before the summer holidays.
Summer holidays Research continues and the report is written (5000 words).
A2 Autumn 1 Final report is submitted and remaining paperwork is completed. Presentation to a non-specific audience and end of project review. Deadline for submission November 5th or May 15th.

Wider Enrichment Activities

The activities below are designed open to all pupils. Those on the G&T register would be expected to stretch themselves in as many diverse areas as possible. These activities are however open to all pupils who may not be on the G&T register.

  • Careers Enrichment
  • Spiritual enrichment
  • School Lecture program
  • Public Speaking
  • House Debating
  • School elections
  • Duke of Edinburgh Awards
  • CCF
  • Adventure Leadership Program
  • Sporting Activities
  • Activities Program
  • Community Schools Partnerships
  • Cross Curricular Events
  • Charity and fundraising
  • Elevate Education Study Skills Lectures