More Able Children


Supporting a more able child at Clyst Heath


Our definition of a more able child:

“…gifted pupils are those who have the potential to excel … and talented pupils as those pupils who are exhibiting that excellence to achieve at a level significantly in advance of the expectation for their year group.”


From the Clyst Heath School Policy document for More Able Children.

Our rational for identifying and providing a curriculum for more able children:

  • A child with special education needs should have their needs met,
  • The special education needs of the children will normally be met in the mainstream school or classroom setting,
  • The views of the child should be sought and taken into account,
  • Children with special educational needs should be offered full access to a broad, balanced and relevant education.


We have identified the following areas as being the main areas of ability:

  • English/linguistic/verbal/dramatic
  • Mathematical/spatial/logical/numerical
  • Art/design/creativity
  • Music/musical/rhythmical talent
  • Science/technology/practical ability
  • PE/dance/physical/sporting ability
  • Interpersonal/organisational/leadership
  • (These categories are based on the Howard Gardner seven intelligences)


In response to our rational we:

  • Have a teacher and governor with special responsibility for these children in school.
  • Put into practise a school policy for More Able pupils.
  • Identify our More Able children and ensure all staff are aware of their special learning needs.
  • Provide suitably challenging work/activities within lessons.
  • Support access to extra-curricular opportunities beyond the school day.
  • Work in partnership with parents/carers.
  • To ensure that all our pupils make progress the planning structure that we have in place for each year group results in every child receiving a broad and balanced curriculum and that core skills, knowledge and understanding are addressed at appropriate levels according to ability.

We provide a differentiated and inclusive curriculum for our pupils.


How do we identify more able pupils?

Staff, pupils, parents and carers will all be involved with the identification. Before we commence identification we inform and discuss with parents the work we are doing and involve them in the process. Our identification methods are used throughout the academic year and at most times the school with have identified approximately 10% of the school population as being more able.


The strategies used will include:

  • identification by staff using professional judgements
  • discussions with and information from parents or carers regarding those pupils teachers feel should be nominated
  • identification by a previous teacher, previous school, external agency or organisation
  • discussions with pupils – peer group nomination


What does the school offer to support our more able pupils?

Here is an example of some of on-going opportunities we provide to enrich and enhance the curriculum provision for your child.


Whole School opportunities:

  • Christmas show and end of year shows
  • Harvest Festival
  • Sports Day
  • Theatre Alibi
  • Charity Days
  • Creative Days
  • Opening Days and displays
  • School Choir
  • Maths workshops
  • Sports Intervention


Out of hours (after school)


  • Exeter City football and rugby coaching
  • Drama club
  • Netball club
  • Cricket club
  • Lunchtime activities and playtime equipment
  • School Council


How can I support my child?

  • Set aside time each day to talk with your child.
  • Encourage them to sample new activities.
  • Use the environment to provide a broad range of experiences e.g. visits to galleries, museum, sports centres.
  • Provide resources to support learning at home e.g. Internet access, books, maps
  • Make sure your child has the opportunity to make friends, include with those who share their interests.
  • Read all you can about giftedness and talent and learn about the characteristics of gifted and talented children.
  • Take the time to develop positive relationships with your child’s school and teachers. Find out what we do to support your child.
  • Encourage your child to participate in extra-curricular activities at school and beyond, including summer schools and distance learning.
  • Seek out other families with gifted or talented children through the school or national networks via NAGC.
  • Make sure your child has time to rest, relax and play!


Where can I find further information and support? The National Association for Gifted Children provides a wide range of advise for parents/carers including information on national networks a monthly newsletter for parents of able children lots of ideas to support able pupils a range of publications, support and advise for parents is available information about multiple intelligences