Every student deserves to be stretched to maximize their potential in an enjoyable and personalised, fully rounded curriculum. They must be provided with suitable opportunities and challenges in every lesson. All students are identified on an HML (High, Middle, Lower) scale based on prior attainment. High Attainers are recorded on Sims* as H and this also feeds into Mintclass* to aid teachers in lesson planning. Success is celebrated across the school, creating a culture in which achievement is recognised and respected.
These most able students will be recognised through feeder school advice, teacher recognition and applying potential Orange Pathway attainment filters in predictive and tracking data. They will be coded to enable all staff to see their prior attainment – enabling suitable planning. High attainers are recognised in year 7 from scaled scores from KS2* (approx. 110+*) and from teacher assessments. Year 8 and 9 are recognised from KS2 levels and from FFT* 20 GCSE predictions 7/8/9 alongside side Ivanhoe Orange Pathways. All data is visible on Sims tracking systems and on Mintclass where staff can identify High Attainers on seating plans.
In short a student is recognised as a High Attainer if:
1. Primary Schools inform us of significantly high performance in any subject area where a student has performed beyond age expectations and has achieved a scaled score significantly above 100.
2. Subject Areas recognise and accommodate specific strengths such as in Sports, Music, Art, Linguistic (e.g if student speaks more than one language) where the child’s starting point is significantly higher than the norm.
3. Predictive bodies such as FFT suggest end of key stage 4 result of 7/8/9.
Subject areas have specific advice and training on how to recognise, stretch and care for our most able. The expectation at Ivanhoe is that all students are challenged.
Stretching and challenging our students is a vital part of our teaching at Ivanhoe; this is to be expected in lessons with activities crafted to spark curiosity, encourage critical thinking and deepen understanding. We regularly monitor this through governor visits, lesson observations and learning walks.
There are a wide range of sporting activities, both school and house, which foster confidence and leaderships skills and our lively programme of House Events means there are opportunities to explore many more talents- whether organising charity events, performing on stage or running House Councils.
Outside of the classroom, a variety of opportunities await. There are super-curricular groups run across a wide range of departments:
Higher Education Visits (various subjects)
Science Mentors for Primary Schools
Student - House Leadership
Sports Leaders (level 1 qualification)
Sky Sports Challenge
The Steam Show
www.mensa.org.uk – lots of IQ tests and puzzles.
www.twicegifted.net – this provides information on children who are gifted in conjunction with disability.
www.extremeintellect.com – this is for everyone interested in the subjects of IQ intelligence, genius, memory and increasing knowledge.
www.hoagiesgifted.org – this is full of resources, articles, books and links.
www.iggy.net - this is a social network designed to help gifted young people realise their full potential. It gives members access to great educational resources and encourages them to work with top academics and other gifted young people around the world.
www.nace.co.uk - The National Association for Able Children in Education. This specialises in supporting teachers in providing teaching and learning for able, gifted and talented pupils.
*sims = school database and tracking system
*mintclass = classroom seating system for teachers
*KS2 = End of primary school results in Year 6
*FFT = Fischer Family Trust National Data Agency.
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