Enhance the learning experience for your more-able pupils and contribute to raising standards across the whole school.
The Primary G&T Handbook provides:
a mix of information and guidance for you, the coordinator
material for your own professional development and that of your colleagues
proforma documents with reference policies for you to refer to
the tools to form a strategy for policy production, identification procedure establishment, provision, development, evaluation and review procedures
a set of practical enrichment activities to offer models for enrichment and extension activities that can be used by any teachers, as the basis for a whole class exercise or for lessons outside of the day-to-day timetable
a concise overview of the vast range of publications, case studies, and research papers surrounding G&T for easy reference
useful references to the many websites and organisations that are involved in improving and enriching the education of gifted and talented children.
Summary of contents
The Primary G&T Handbook is designed to offer you quick guidance to theoretical and practical issues, helping you to deliver your vision of what G&T means in your school, in your context and in relation to other local influences and providers.
This handbook aims to provide an easy-to-use reference guide to help you, the leading teacher or G&T coordinator, to deliver your vision of G&T in your school.
The Primary G&T Handbook will help you improve and extend learning for able students by enabling you to:
lead in the development of the gifted and talented programme and contribute to raising standards across the whole school
improve the quality of provision for gifted and talented pupils and promote various appropriate aspects of the personalisation agenda
help your school to identify underachievement and develop teaching and learning programmes that challenge and improve standards
keep abreast of professional developments and statutory legislation in the of the gifted and talented pupil and be aware of changing practice and provision outside of school.
How to use this handbook
Part 1 – Focusing on schools and systems
The language of intelligence
G&T – its recent history
Responsibilities: who does what?
The role of the G&T leading teacher
Who else does what?
Creating a productive school policy
The school register of able pupils
Where's the money coming from?
Arguments for funding
Bidding for external funds
Networking and clusters
What kind of clusters, networks and partnerships work best?
The benefits of developing a network of community partners around a cluster
How will you judge how successful your cluster has been?
The local authority (LA)
Regional G&T partnerships
Monitoring and evaluating your provision
At school level
At local authority level
At national level – the SEF and Ofsted
Part 2 – Focusing on able pupils
Identification of the able pupil
How to identify
Characteristics of the gifted and talented
Differentiating between able pupils
Creating a learning environment
How can this be achieved?
Socialising and grouping considerations
The DCSF learning framework
Assessment for learning
Curriculum provision for the able pupil I: deciding what to provide
Transition from Foundation Stage to KS1
KS1 and KS2
Curriculum provision for the able pupil II: acceleration, enrichment and extension
Enrichment opportunities and study support
Others who inform the teaching of the able pupil
Enrichment and extension activities
Producing enrichment and extension materials
KS1 & KS2 lesson-length enrichment activities
Day-long enrichment and extension activities
How to present the activities
How to extend the activities
How to support a developing interest
Ensuring emotional and social wellbeing
How do able children achieve life balance
Able pupils and underachievement
Managing success and failure
Creating confidence in sometimes making mistakes
Perfectionism and how to deal with it
Parents and carers of the able pupil
Managing the relationship with parents and carers of able pupils
Involving parents and carers in supporting the able pupil's learning
Delivering professional development
How to teach a child who is inventing our future
Appendices and Index
The gifted and talented register
Letters to parents
Example letter of praise
Example letter of thanks to outside speakers/agencies
Review of pupil’s work
Gifted and talented enrichment activities pupil evaluation sheet
Lesson plan checklist
A parents’/carers’ guide to supporting the able pupil