Gifted and Talented Students

Supporting Gifted and Talented Students at Don Valley Academy

What 'gifted and talented' means:

'Gifted and talented' describes children and young people with an ability to develop to a level significantly ahead of their year group (or with the potential to develop those abilities):

  • 'gifted' learners are those who have abilities in one or more academic subjects, like Maths and English
  • 'talented' learners are those who have practical skills in areas like sport, music, design or creative and performing arts

Skills like leadership, decision-making and organisation are also taken into account when identifying and providing for gifted and talented children.

High ability is usually categorised in to 6 areas:

  • High intellectual ability
  • Mechanical ingenuity
  • Physical talent
  • Visual and performing abilities
  • Creativity
  • Outstanding leadership and social awareness

At Don Valley, we monitor all gifted and talented students to ensure they are making progress with their studies and developing their skills. We speak to all gifted and talented students about their progress at least once a term, although their individual class teachers will be monitoring progress at each assessment. Our key aim is to foster a love of learning and the pursuit of excellence.

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