More Able and Talented (MAT) Pupils
At George Street Primary School we believe in challenging all our pupils to support them in achieving their very best. We recognise that each one of our learners has talents and skills which we aim to identify and nurture. It is our priority to develop the individual needs of all learners and an important extension of the aims, policies and ethos of the school is to recognise the needs of More Able and Talented learners. We work with parents/ carers as well as the children themselves in the identification process to achieve this. Our curriculum takes into account the needs of MAT learners through differentiation, enrichment and extra-curricular activities. We also ensure the pastoral needs of MAT learners are met.
Definition/s of More Able and Talented
At George Street Primary we appreciate ability and talent manifest themselves in many different ways. Whether through traditionally academic, creative, practical or social activities and pupils may be identified across the board according to the distinctive skills and talents that they demonstrate over and above that of their peers. The Welsh Government’s chosen term of ‘More Able and Talented’ encompasses both pupils who exhibit a wide spectrum of abilities throughout the curriculum, and those who show talent in one or more specific areas. The evidence of significant ability or talent may be fluid. Pupils may be identified later in their school careers, or equally be felt no longer to represent an ability or talent over that shown by their peers.
More Able and Talented Identification
We recognise the importance of using a variety of identification strategies, both formal and informal, to identify MAT pupils. It is also essential that we have parent and pupil input in the identification process. Parent questionnaires will be issued annually and are also available to download from our website. Pupil questionnaires are be completed annually in class. The information these provide contribute to our identification process, along with a range of school’s assessment data. It is recognised that talent and ability are diverse and that identification needs to be on-going via a cyclical process of review.
Extra-curricular opportunities for MAT learners
The school offers a wide range of experiences in its extra-curricular activities. While many of these activities are not exclusive to MAT learners, they include many opportunities to offer such learners extra challenge and stimulus. Extra-curricular activities include after school clubs, educational visits and visitors.
As parents and carers you can support your child through:
- Engaging in school events such as Open Sessions, Parent Consultations etc.
- Utilising the local library and the internet as a learning and research resource. Children have access to Hwb and the ‘Enrichment Activities for MAT children’ document (available on our website)has recommended weblinks
- Visiting museums, science centres, nature reserves and galleries
- Watch educational and current affairs programmes such as the Newsround, wildlife and nature programmes and documentaries and discuss them with your son or daughter
- Reading quality newspapers
- Discussing the work your child(ren) is/are doing in school and the opportunities that they are having
- Allowing your child to take part in educational excursions and after-school activities
- Reading for pleasure including works that are more challenging and demanding
- Ensuring quality relaxation time
- Providing suitable learning resources
- Building social and cultural experiences and opportunities into family visits, recreational activities and holidays