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More & Most Able at Emerson Park Academy

We are committed to enhancing the education of all of our students at Emerson Park Academy and this includes our most able, from Year 7 and all the way through to Year 11.

Definitions of More and Most Able

What does More and Most Able mean?

The DfE defines Gifted and Talented (more able) children as those who have one or more abilities developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group (or with the potential to develop these abilities).
The term ‘gifted’ refers to these pupils who are capable of excelling in academic subjects such as English and History. Talented refers to those pupils who may excel in areas requiring visual-spatial skills or practical abilities, such as in games and in PE, Drama or Art.
At Emerson Park we believe that new opportunities need to be created to stretch our more & most able students. They, like all students, need to be treated as partners in their learning, with joint responsibility for participating in the design of their learning.
The development of More Able provision at Emerson Park is a valuable contribution to the delivery of the Academy’s vision which states that we aim to provide an inclusive range of opportunities, engaging with every student to achieve their full potential in a learning culture that is challenging, stimulating, inspirational and enjoyable.
At Emerson Park Academy we recognise that More Able pupils can be: 
  • ‘All-rounders’ who are very gifted in academic subjects and/or demonstrate particular abilities in Sports, Music, or the Arts.
  • ‘High Achievers’ who are very gifted in one area or who show extremely high levels of achievement
  • High ability students with poor written skills
  • Underachieving students who have the potential to achieve but do not regularly demonstrate high achievement
More Able Registers

At Emerson Park we have two types of registers. The first is based on student performance in tests (CAT’s Score & KS2 English & Maths data). Students must have scored a minimum of 5b in both English & Maths and have a score of 115 + to be recognised as our ‘More Able group’. Within this group any student that has achieved a CAT score of 120 + is classed as ‘Most Able’. All children on the More Able Register are expected to achieve their best 8 GCSE results @ A or A* grade. These students will have meetings throughout the year with the More Able Co-ordinator and Achievement Team to mentor and for support our most able learners. These students will also have ‘Individual and learning plans’ that they will follow throughout the academic year.
The second register is subject specific and is updated termly based on staff nomination of students’ progress and performance against set criteria (see subject specific information). This group is usually within the top 10% of each academic year. Parents will be sent a letter to inform them of their son/daughter’s inclusion and updated of any projects or workshops that will extend and enrich their child’s progress in the respective learning area. 

Criteria for More Able Learners

Subject specialists in each faculty have put together set criteria for students to be identified as being More Able. This is to ensure that identification is consistent and accurate. The criteria will be available for students in classrooms 
and also can be found below:

Students who are gifted and in English are likely to: click here for details

Students who are gifted and talented in Media Studies are likely to: click here for details

Students who are gifted in Modern Foreign Languages are likely to: click here for details

Generic for Humanities Subjects click here for details 

Religious Education and Life Skills click here for details

Physical Education and School Sport click here for details

Art click here for details

Drama click here for details

Music click here for details

Students who are gifted in Mathematics are likely to: click here for details

Students who are gifted in IT are likely to: click here for details

Students who are gifted and talented in Design and Technology are likely to: click here for details

Students who are gifted in Science are likely to: click here for details


Gifted and Talented Provision

How we provide for our More Able students

A number of opportunities are available for our More Able students at Emerson Park. These include: 
  • Setting in some subjects
  • Opportunities for a student voice in learning
  • Focus on learning to learn skills – independent thinking, problem solving, research skills and self-understanding
  • Extra enrichment and extension materials
  • Enrichment/extension activities
  • Differentiation in terms of pace, task, support, learning style outcome, resource, content and responsibility
  • Opportunities for other accreditation e.g. Sports Awards or LAMDA Awards in Drama
  • Learning/challenge in Maths & English
  • Cross curricular projects
  • Enrichment days, visits, outings, residential trips
  • Out-of-school hours provision (including lunchtime clubs, homework clubs, after school, weekend and school trips)
  • Enrichment opportunities (e.g. external competitions, challenges or clubs)
  • Mentoring of talented pupils in PE/Sport (JAE)
More Able  Support at Home

Support at Home

The following can enhance your child’s learning:
  • Providing an environment which is conducive to learning and enriching the learning that has taken place in school.
  • Ensuring that your child has access to resources to support their learning
  • Encourage your son/daughter to develop a healthy balance between homework and extra-curricular activities
  • Encourage and support your child, but do not pressurize them too much
  • Communicate regularly with the school
Ideas for Parents to try:
  • Visits to places of interest – art galleries, museums, theatres, concerts etc.
  • Make resources available – e.g. books, dvds/videos, magazine subscriptions
  • Encourage your child to make use of local facilities available and attend extra-curricular activities both at school and in the wider community
  • Seek out professional associations and societies
  • Explore the media – relevant internet sites, newspaper articles and television/radio programmes.
  • Invest in a specialist dictionary
  • Use of magnetic poetry
  • Puzzles and games such as Sudoku and crosswords
  • Look for opportunities which are different, challenging and enjoyable!

Moving from Primary School to Emerson Park Academy

More Able: Moving to Emerson Park Academy

Each Primary/Junior school identifies its own cohort of More Able students. These students are the highest attainer’s/performers in that school at that time and parents are notified through the school. However, this status of being More Able only applies while that student is at that school. When they come to Emerson Park, the process of identification begins again for a number of reasons:
  • Each school must have a More Able Cohort Identified of its brightest and most gifted students regardless of the overall attainment figures of the school. This cohort does not have to meet particular standards and therefore is not compare between schools. The cohort simply consists of the highest attaining students in that school at that time.
  • Once arriving at Emerson Park, the makeup of the year group is very different to what it would be in a Primary school due to the number of students going from small numbers (between 20 and 50 students for example) to a much larger group of around 200.
  • Students, who were at the top of their classes at primary schools, may unfortunately not be after transition to Emerson Park as the standard may be a lot higher as a result of the amount of students in the year group.
  • Students start to study new curriculum areas so students who have not previously been identified could accelerate in these subjects and be identified as More Able.
  • There are more opportunities to take part in lunchtime and afterschool clubs that enrich and extend students and help them to progress at a quicker rate.
We do not identify Year 7 More Able students until the Spring Term to let the students settle into a very different schooling and also to allow the teachers to get to know them. Once the identification is complete, Parents are notified via letter that their son/daughter has been included on the register that is appropriate to their talent. If a student is not included but has been identified at Primary School, there currently is no notification to parents due to the reasons above.