Supporting more able and talented pupils in primary schools - July 2011


More able and talented pupils benefit most in schools where there is a personalised approach to learning and where pupils have more control over how and what they learn. However, too few pupils are challenged to achieve above the expected level at the end of key stage 1 and key stage 2. Transition arrangements from primary into secondary school often fail to provide continuity in the education of more able and talented pupils. Local authorities don’t track data on more able and talented pupils well enough.
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Schools should:

  • provide more challenging and customised learning experiences to help more able and talented pupils to achieve the highest standards;
  • improve the use of data and assessment to identify, track and monitor pupils’ progress;
  • build on existing transition arrangements between primary and secondary schools to provide more appropriate challenge for more able and talented pupils; and
  • improve parents’ understanding of how they can better support the education of their child.

Local authorities should:

  • train school improvement officers on how to identify, support, track, monitor and evaluate the progress of more able and talented pupils.

For a full list of recommendations, please download the report.