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Provision for More Able Students

How does The Dorcan Academy identify More Able learners?

A range of information has been used in this process including information from our primary feeder schools, students’ CAT scores and KS2/3 results, together with teacher assessment of students’ ability in the different subject areas.

Highly Able (HA)

At Key Stage 4 this group consists of those students with either:-

A KS2 Level 5 in English Reading and Maths

A KS2 Level 5a or 5b in English

At Key Stage 3 this group consists of those students with either:-

A KS2 Scaled Score of 110+ in English Reading and Maths

A KS2 Scaled Score of 115+ in English Reading

A CAT (Cognitive Ability Test) Score of 110+   

High Learning Potential Group (HLP)

This group consists of the top cohort of students in each year group who have been identified as More Able in a specific subject(s) in the curriculum.

How often are these groups reviewed?

The Highly Able groups will not change.  The High Learning Potential groups will be reviewed on a half yearly basis. Parents will be informed if they are on the register for a further year towards the end of the academic year in June. Students may join and leave this group as they progress at different rates.

The role of the More Able Co-ordinator.

The More Able Co-ordinator plays a pivotal role in meeting and exceeding the needs of more able students. They will:

Model excellent practice in the classroom.

Co-ordinate the work of the Heads of Faculty/Subject Leaders, Heads of House, SLT and Governors with regard to more able provision.

Lead on the compilation of the more able register, in discussion with HOFs/Subject leads, Heads of House and SLT.

Inform parents/carers that their child is on the more able register, providing information on supporting learners on the Academy’s more able provision.

Inform learners of their inclusion on the more able register, highlighting opportunities available.

Encourage parents/carers to attend workshops and specific meetings

Programme, actively seeking opportunities for more able learners to access appropriate activities at Dorcan and beyond.

Liaise with the Work Experience Co-ordinator to ensure learners have access to high quality, aspirational work experience placements.

Keep an accurate record of more able activity and report to SLT termly and to Governors yearly (and more frequently if requested).

Ensure more able events are included in the school calendar, advertised effectively, planned for appropriately and that deadlines are met.

How does The Dorcan Academy provide extra challenge and support for More Able learners?

Beyond the many subject specific activities offered there are extra- curricular enrichment opportunities.  We organise skill sessions, encourage participation in local and national initiatives, visit top Universities and discuss with students their needs and listen to their proposals for enrichment activities. 

It is also important to mention that not all Highly Able/High Learning Potential students will be invited to participate in every enrichment activity. Rather, students may be invited to certain events which will aim to target the specific areas in which they excel.  

In September 2016 a new Pathway was introduced to accelerate the progress of our high achieving students through the curriculum and is designed to stretch and challenge. Students will study Combined  Science and two Languages from Year 7 along with a range of other academic and vocational options.

Enrichment opportunities available for 2018-19

The Mathematics  Department are working with University of West England  to deliver workshops  for the highly able in years 9, 10 and 11. The Students will again take part in the highly successful Maths Challenge run by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust. This includes individual challenges for all years and a team challenge for 7s and 8s. A visit to Bath University is planned for later this Academic year. The Mathematics Department works closely with the Further Maths Support Programme provided by the Mathematics Challenge and Innovation group throughout the year to provide enrichment activities.

The Music Department are supporting a Chamber Choir for the Highly Able and those with High Learning Potential.

The Science Department are running a “Big Bang” visit to Cirencester for the Highly Able and those students with High Learning Potential in Year 9 to explore exciting and interesting concepts in Science.

The Modern foreign Languages Department will be leading a trip to Europe later in the academic year with a focus on increasing the fluency of Highly Able students and those with High Learning potential.

The Physical Education Department have seen recent success for their Highly Able and High learning Potential students; three students have recently undertaken Wiltshire County Football trials. The Dorcan Academy has and will enter teams into the Swindon schools' leagues for netball, football, rugby, basketball, athletics, rounders and some cricket. Students will be entered for County Cup competitions which can lead to regional representation. Highly Able students and those with High Learning potential are supported to attend Swindon Schools and County trials.

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More_Able_Events_2016-2017.pdf 05-Jul-2016
How_Parents_Can_Help.pdf 01-Mar-2016