Gifted and Talented is defined as follows: "Gifted and Talented pupils are children or young people with one or more abilities developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group (or with the potential to develop these abilities)."
What is Gifted and Talented?
At Medina, a ‘Gifted’ student is one that shows a high level of ability in academic subject such as English, Maths or Science. A Talented student shows a high level of ability in a subject such as Art, Music, Drama or PE. A Gifted & Talented student has the ability to achieve, or does achieve, highly in both of these areas.
Criteria for G&T
Students are selected for the Gifted and Talented register based on their KS2 mean level. Those students who achieved a 5b in Year 6 have shown exceptional aptitude in Maths and English and automatically qualify to be on the register.
In addition to this, students are selected for their talent. This is based on teacher nominations in practical subjects including: Art, PE, Technology, Music, Drama and Dance.
Once a student has been selected as either Gifted and/or Talented, they are closely monitored by staff as it is essential that we nurture and encourage the promise they have shown.
The Gifted and Talented provision currently consists of:
- Termly Master classes (subject specific)
- Workshops held at, and run, by Southampton University, with all year groups, including an annual 'Challenge the Researcher' event for ages 11-14
- Careers events for Year 11
- Advice with application/ CV writing led by Southampton University
- After school club
- We are also establishing links with local primary schools which will involve Medina College students
In-class provision includes:
- Tasks which demand higher order cognitive and intellectual skills to challenge pupils
- More complex and open-ended tasks and flexible learning strategies
Supporting your child at home
- Encourage a variety of interests and activities
- Help your child to organise their time
- Encourage use of local facilities such as the library
- Organise visits to museums, science centres and art galleries
- Encourage discussion and debate in the home
- Demonstrate pride in achievement
- Help your child to discover how fun learning can be
- Expect your child to challenge accepted ideas and be prepared to discuss these positively
- Show the importance of relaxation, socialising and exercise