Gifted and Talented
At Hammersmith Academy it is recognised that students should be educated in a way which enables them to work at the highest level concomitant with their ability and interest, both for the good of others and for their own satisfaction.
There are a variety of opportunities that have been designed to challenge More Able, Gifted and Talented (MAGT) pupils to achieve their very best. Students should be educated in a way that enables them to work at the highest level in accordance with their ability and interest, both for the good of others and for their own satisfaction.
We define ‘More Able’ as those with a faster learning speed than the overall curriculum provides for, ‘Gifted’ as being highly able academically and ‘Talented’ as being of high ability in practical subject areas such as Sport, Music, Drama, Art, and Technology.
Much of this provision is common ground to different curriculum subjects with examples including:
- Fast tracking in Science, Maths and Modern Foreign Languages
- School mentoring so that other students can benefit from the MAGT students
- Trips/events focused on increasing aspirations to attend Russell Group universities.
Every department also offers a number of more specific curricular and extracurricular projects for MAGT students. These include:
- Extended reading lists to stretch the most able (English)
- Participation in the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust’s Individual Maths Challenges and Depaul UK’s Rubik’s Challenge for top sets (Maths)
- The running of the STEMNET club and British Science Association’s CREST Award helping students develop an interest in and raise awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (Science)
- Day trips to Europe for talented linguists and opportunities for work experience abroad at Key Stage 5 as part of our exchange programmes (MFL)
- Talented sportsmen and women are selected to be part of the Leadership Development and Personal Empowerment Programme, which is designed to encourage and educate students through mentoring sessions and workshops (PE)
- Engineering Club has enabled students to design, programme and build a Robot, MP3 Amplifier and K’NEX Solar-powered car (Design Technology)
- Opportunities to perform/work alongside the English National Opera (Music)
- Learners are also able to pursue further opportunities through links with our sponsors and our partner schools: St Paul’s Schools, Lilian Baylis and The BRIT School.
Numeracy and Literacy needs are identified at an early stage so that we can tailor support programmes to individual needs. Students additionally receive specialist support including one-to-one mentoring, in-class support, subject-specific intervention and enrichment activities.
The Academy complies with the Special Education Needs (SEN) Code of Practice and, as far as reasonably practical, those with physical and learning disabilities will be offered maximum access to the curriculum.
All years: Applications for the Imperial College 2017 Summer Schools are now open. See the link for details: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/be-inspired/student-recruitment-and-outreach/schools-and-colleges/students/on-campus-activities/summer-schools/
Year 7 and 8: Latymer Upper School STEM Saturday School
STEM Saturday School is a series of fun, engaging and educational workshops for Year 7 and 8 pupils. It provides a great opportunity for pupils to learn about product development with an emphasis on engineering, including maths, physics, computing and design. Please visit our website for further details of the two programmes on offer – ‘Build a Robot’ and ‘Music Tech Workshop’. The courses will start on Saturday 25th Feb, will run for 4 consecutive Saturdays and are free to attend. Pupils are able to apply through the website: http://www.latymer-upper.org/about-us/community/stem-academy
Year 8 and 9: UCL Sutton Scholars academic enrichment programme
Applications are now open for the UCL Year 8 Sutton Scholars academic enrichment programme. Pupils apply to take part in the Year 8 Programme, and are encouraged to re-enrol onto the Year 9 programme in September of the following year. The programme has a strong focus on developing independent research, group work, presentation and writing skills to support academic attainment. The Year 8 programme consists of a series of Discovery Days held at UCL’s main campus during half terms in February and May, plus a three-day non-residential summer school in August 2017. Students work in groups to experience a range of academic sessions including workshops and lectures, whilst developing key skills needed to succeed at school and university. For more information, please visit: www.ucl.ac.uk/wp/sutton-scholars. Application deadline is 15 January 2017.
Year 9 to 13: My Digital Future Challenge
MyKindaFuture are teaming up with City & Guilds to offer 14 – 25 year olds the chance to win an amazing CV-boosting prize- a week of work experience in the digital field- by entering this online challenge. The deadline for submissions is midnight on Sunday, 11 December.
The scenario: You are an employer and you’re looking for ways to communicate digitally with young people to attract them to work at your company.
The challenge: Create an online campaign or message that will inspire young people to come and work for you. We’re looking for an idea that is interactive, innovative and appeals to the target audience.