Supporting more able and talented pupils in secondary schools - June 2012

Summary

The purpose of this survey report is to: evaluate the quality and effectiveness of strategies used by secondary schools and local authorities to support and challenge more able and talented pupils; highlight examples of good practice and its impact on pupils; identify weaknesses and gaps in provision; and evaluate how successful Welsh Government guidance and training have been in improving provision and standards for more able and talented pupils.
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Recommendations

Schools should:

  • build on existing transition arrangements between primary and secondary schools to provide better continuity and progression in the education of more able and talented pupils;
  • improve the use of data and assessment to identify, track and monitor the progress of more able and talented pupils and share this information with all staff and relevant parents;
  • provide enriched opportunities and appropriately challenging provision across the curriculum for more able and talented pupils to achieve the highest standards;
  • ensure that more able and talented pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds receive specific support to overcome barriers to their learning;
  • provide mentoring for more able and talented pupils to help them make the best extra-curricular, option and career choices;
  • train school leaders, teachers and support staff on how to address the needs of more able and talented pupils and use networks of professional practice to share best practice; and
  • improve parents’ understanding of how they can better support the education of their more able or talented 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; and
  • use data more effectively to evaluate trends over time in the achievement of more able and talented pupils.