Gifted and Talented
‘Students have equal opportunities to succeed. The most able students are challenged very well.’ Ofsted 2014
Miss L Cotham is the member of staff responsible for the Gifted & Talented activities from Years 7-11.
The overriding aim of Gifted and Talented provision at Burford School is to ensure that each student in our care is stretched, challenged and supported to achieve his/her potential and that they enjoy their learning. This is achieved in a number of ways, as detailed below.
Each student identified as overall Gifted and Talented has a G&T Pupil Profile. This is a confidential document which contains a range of information, from CAT scores and Mensa test results to each child’s strengths, interests, preferred style of learning and personal ambitions. Parents are invited to contribute to the Pupil Profile by completing a Parent Questionnaire and receive a copy when it is complete. The Pupil Profile is reviewed once a year. These documents are confidential and teachers are expected to use them in their planning so as to improve each child’s learning experience.
At each Review point, the progress of all students in Years 7-11 identified as overall Gifted and Talented is monitored by the G&T Co-ordinator, who then meets with students to discuss their progress and to agree interventions as appropriate..
There are a range of events, trips and clubs available to Gifted and Talented students, as detailed below:
- TED-Ed Club: TED is an American organisation whose goal is to “spread great ideas to a global audience through a variety of different media”. You may have heard of TEDTalks; these are twenty minute talks given by experts in their field on a vast range of topics. TED-Ed is the educational arm of TED and this club is part of network of school-based clubs in 42 countries across the world. The club is a place for pupils to meet like-minded people, learn research, presentation and animation skills by developing a ‘big idea’ which will be presented in the form of a short TED-style talk. Each week, pupils work on their ‘big idea’ and how to present it to a formal audience. These TED-style talks will be presented at an evening occasion to parents in Term 5. The club is open to pupils in Years 7-11 and is supported by Year 12 Senior Leaders.
- G&T Student Conference: this is an annual event, held at the Town Hall in Oxford.
- Visit to Oxford University: Year 10 students are offered the opportunity to visit Trinity College, Oxford, to have a talk about studying at Oxford University and to look around the campus.
- Lego Robotics workshops for Year 7 students, working with Year 4 students from our Primary Partnership schools
- A talk from our ex-student, Luke Jackson-Ross (Admissions Officer at Oxford University) to Years 11 and Sixth Form on how to apply to Oxford University.
Gifted and Talented students in the Sixth Form
In the Sixth Form we aim to capitalise on the achievements of our Gifted and Talented students. We have high expectations for them and instil a determination to excel. To support this we offer a wide range of opportunities to help them realise the highest of academic goals. Sixth Form Enrichment Page.
Mrs C Rose is responsible for these Gifted & Talented activities in the Sixth Form.
Opportunities for Gifted and Talented students in the Sixth Form include:
- ‘Accelerated Learning’ Group – G&T students meet regularly to take part in discussion and debate, which is aimed at developing thinking skills and encouraging independent thought on current worldwide issues.
- ‘Bravo’ – Gifted and Talented Sixth formers teach Gifted and Talented lower school students from Years 8 and 9. The Sixth formers plan and deliver their own lessons on a topic that they are particularly interested in which would not usually be taught in school, sharing their enthusiasm and knowledge.
- Targeted and comprehensive help with Oxbridge applications including;
- Oxbridge Conference – provides subject specific information on Oxford and Cambridge, giving students access to admissions tutors.
- Mock interviews with specialists to help prepare students for the rigors of any university interviews they may be called for.
- Visits to Oxbridge link colleges including a residential in the Easter holidays
- Individual help with Sutton Trust and UNIQ Summer School applications.
- Guest speakers from leading universities.
- Targeted interviews monitoring academic progress.
- Academic mentoring from staff; this links students to teachers with common academic interests promoting wider knowledge of the subject outside the examined specification.
- Subject specific clubs run by teachers which are very popular and help to extend the students’ subject knowledge to a deeper and wider understanding.
Burford is a recognised Exam Centre for additional university admissions exams. This covers potential Oxbridge, Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry applicants.