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.
Updates- summer activities, challenges and more!
- The Potential Plus UK summer e-zines have just been released. Follow the link to read a magazine designed to expand your mind! https://joom.ag/whrW
- Event for students aged 14 – 18 years of age: Free event for young people and a parent/carer on Saturday 9th September 2017 at the New College for the Humanities in London. This event is based on creative and critical thinking and will incorporate opportunities to talk to current students and ask questions. It is envisaged that the day will run from 11am to 4pm. Please share this information with students and their parents/carers. Anyone interested in attending should email firstname.lastname@example.org to register their interest. As soon as we have the full programme we will email out information to these interested families.
- New Potential Plus UK website: All HA families get free Associate membership of Potential Plus Uk. If you are having problems logging into the new website, or have mislaid your login details, please email email@example.com or phone 01908 646433 requesting that we reset your password.
- Potential Plus UK’s Summer Reading SchemeBack by popular demand! We know that many of our children love reading and are involved in library reading schemes over the summer. Well we’re running something similar. We are looking for your students to:
- Read over the summer (from July 21st to the end of August);
- Make a list of all the books they read and give them a rating from 1 – 5 stars (with 5 stars being a fantastic read and would recommend it to others) and the age of the child they think would like it;
- Write/type/record/dictate reviews of 5 of these books;
- Send the list and reviews to us by 8th September. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For children who read up to 20 books we will send you a bronze certificate by email to share with them; for children who read 20-49 books we will send a silver certificate; and for children who read 50 or more books, we will send a gold certificate. There will also be a special prize for the child who reads the most books. For our DME members with dyslexia, this can also include listening to a book.
- Not sure what to do this summer? Try: 50 Challenges for 50 Years. It can be found via the top navigation bar Shop, and Activity Booklets: https://www.potentialplusuk.org/index.php/product-category/activity-booklets/
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