Gifted and Talented: Our school ethos
At King Edward VI, we believe it is really important that pupils of all abilities enjoy school, are encouraged to do their best and supported so they can develop into the best person they can be. Those pupils that are identified as Gifted, Talented or more able at KES are supported and challenged in their studies by all departments, to encourage them to flourish and pursue their interests whilst at school. We aim to provide a variety of extra-curricular activities and opportunities to promote growth for these pupils both academically and emotionally, in addition to combining this with high quality teaching and learning in lessons.
Who to contact
Academic year 2018/19
Dr D Horton/Mrs P Kaur – Lead Teachers for Gifted and Talented
Academic year 2019/20
Mrs A Giles- Lead Teacher for Gifted and Talented, Teacher of RE
Initial identification for the whole school list is based on KS2 data and information sent from Primary schools. From then on, Gifted and Talented students can be identified at any time throughout the school year through teacher nominations. Our ‘Core’ group will be identified in 5 or more subjects (both through data and teacher nominations); other pupils who excel in specific areas will be recorded on our more able list.
KS3 activities and opportunities
In addition to planning and teaching creative and challenging lessons, departments across the school organise excellent extra-curricular trips and visits for the most able pupils in school. This ranges from the Maths Challenge to History Quest (in which the school came 1st this year!) at the University of Birmingham. Pupils will have the chance to attend Gifted and Talented club. We watch films from a range of different genres and then put some of the skills seen on screen into action! This year we have had talks about Astronomy after watching the Martian, in addition to a fantastic session on Memory with our Head of Social Sciences following on from watching the film Inception.
Year 7 also have the opportunity to get involved with the Children’s University scheme. This runs in conjunction with Staffordshire University, and encourages pupils to attend a broad range of extra-curricular clubs. Activities in school can go towards this, in addition to accredited locations around the UK including the National Memorial Arboretum and Shakespeare’s House in Stratford upon Avon.
Pupils in Key Stage 4 also benefit from a range of additional opportunities on offer by different departments in school. This year, girls in years 9 and 10 took part in a STEM session, based on Chemical Engineering. They met a Chemical Engineer and found out more about pursuing a career in STEM based subjects. In addition to this, there are sessions based around the most successful ways to revise for year 11 in amongst other supportive sessions offered by subjects. Key Stage 4 pupils are also very welcome to attend Gifted and Talented club, we have had some excellent reviews completed on the Into Film website and lots of pupils received prizes for their reviews. All core pupils are signed up to IGGY (from year 9 onwards), which aims to support the more able pupils in addressing current affairs and encouraging them to have their say on different issues and ideas. The site was set up by the University of Warwick and is a good way of getting a window into a different perspective or reading someone else’s perception of an issue. https://www.iggy.net
Key Stage 5
6th form students have a range of extra-curricular opportunities on offer to them in their 2 years of study at school. In addition to this, we entered two teams into the ‘6th Form Mega Quiz’ this year, which involves teams from across the West Midlands held in the Great Hall at the University of Birmingham.
Support and Information
Below are a few links to websites and booklets which may be useful *. At the end of each term, parents who have signed up to the Gifted and Talented mailing list will receive the Gifted and Talented newsletter. This aims to provide parents with an insight as to what has been happening over the term with regards to Gifted and Talented pupils. If you are not currently signed up for this, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (from September 2019 email@example.com). Activities and events will also be published on our school Twitter account: @keslichfield
* Links to be updated soon.
Please see the link below for our Gifted and talented Policy: