Welcome to the Gifted and Talented page at Bradley Barton. On this page you can find information about what 'Gifted and Talented' means for your child and how they are supported and pushed to achieve their full potential, as well as photos and records of events. We will add and update this page regularly with resources to support your children at home if they have been identified as Gifted and Talented.
At the beginning of the year, teachers get together and identify the children in their class who they feel are Gifted and Talented in each subject area. These are the children who show particular aptitude for that subject or a particular passion for it. This is typically between 5 and 10% of a year group, so 3 to 6 children. These children are then given slips to inform their parents that they are on the Gifted and Talented register, so look out for these in November and March in particular. This is a fluid process, so children are added and removed from the register regularly to make sure that we have identified the correct children at each point.
If your child is identified as Gifted and Talented, they are offered certain enrichment opportunities, sometimes coming from external providers such as Coombeshead and Exeter University, or sometimes being offered by Bradley Barton teachers or those at Wolborough and Highweek, with who we will be working closely this year and next to offer a variety of Gifted and Talented enrichment events. These events are designed to develop the children's passion for each subject, giving them a chance to delve deeper into subject matter and to pick up skills that they do not always get to pick up in normal lessons.
Gifted and Talented children are also extended in class, being given extra challenges and opportunities to make sure that they can reach their full potential. Special care is given to those children who we feel are Gifted and Talented for certain subjects but are not always able to show this due to particular barriers to learning, such as dyslexia or behavioural needs.