What if my child is gifted and talented?

What does ‘gifted and talented’ mean?

‘Gifted and talented’ is a term used in schools to describe children who have the potential to develop significantly beyond what is expected for their age.

‘Gifted’ refers to a child who has abilities in one or more academic subjects, such as English or maths. ‘Talented’ refers to a child who has skills in a practical area such as music, sport or art.

How do I know if my child is gifted and talented?

A gifted child will tend to:

develop speech and vocabulary early

  • ask lots of questions and be very curious
  • read early
  • learn quickly
  • have a good memory
  • be good at puzzles
  • enjoy problem-solving and reasoning

If you think your child is gifted or talented, talk to their class teacher, Mrs Emerson or Mr Capewell. Explain why you think so and have some examples to illustrate your points.

What support is available?

At Boothferry Primary School we endeavour to meet the needs of all our pupils. We provide more challenging lessons and other opportunities for gifted and talented children. We identify our children who we believe are gifted and talented and provide them with extended provision where appropriate catering properly for these children’s needs. We identify them based on test results, work quality and teachers’ and parents’ views.

Gifted children often need more support at school, but not necessarily more structured activities. They may need more freedom to learn at their own pace, and/or more guidance.  At Boothferry Primary School we endeavour to nurture the pupils’ all-round development as well as their intellectual development. Sometimes gifted children need extra help to develop their social skills such as working well in groups.

The National Association for Gifted and Talented Children runs a support network to help parents –www.nagcbritain.org.uk

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The best thing about this school, when I ask my child this question, he said Mrs Emmerson. 

The stimulating learning environment. 

The New Head teacher and deputy. 

The after school activities, film nights and discos.

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Open weeks in Foundation allows parents to enjoy school as much as our children.

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