Our inclusive provision incorporates opportunities for pupils whose developmental needs lie right across the spectrum of needs.
We recognise the importance of identifying a wide range of abilities and talents and of providing opportunities to nurture them. This includes identifying and providing appropriate challenge and opportunities for pupils who have been identified as more able in specific areas of the curriculum.
For example, in the autumn and spring terms, ten Year 5 pupils who have particular strengths in the area of mathematics, science or English, take part in the Scholars' Programme. This is an initiative run by an award-winning charity that exists to widen access to highly selective universities and encourage pupils to aspire to higher level qualifications.
The project starts with a visit to a top UK university. Past universities have included Cambridge University's Homerton College and the University of Sussex, both of which the children thoroughly enjoyed.
The initial visit is followed by a series of university-style tutorials led by a PhD tutor and ends with a graduation ceremony at another top UK university. In the past, this has included King's College University in London.
In addition to this, we liaise with local industry and contacts, to develop workshops, visits and visitors for pupils from across the school to meet people who have experience of working within more aspirational careers. Sometimes, we do this as part of an Aspirations and Enterprise Week.
We invite parents and carers to tell us about talents and abilities that they see their children demonstrate outside of school.
This helps to inform the provision that we develop and has led to a number of pupils across the school being nominated to take part in various activities and projects for more able and talented pupils.
We also work closely with the secondary school within our Trust who are developing a series of subject-specific experiential days for more able and talented pupils in Year 5.
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