Most Able Students
Students who show a high level of flair and aptitude in their work at Atam Academy are identified as the Most Able Students.
These learners are identified on a yearly basis by subject teachers, or on a permanent basis by scoring highly (top 5% nationally) in the Year 7 Cognitive Ability Test (CAT) scores.
Students who are identified as having flair and aptitude by their subject teachers are either already achieving a high level of success or demonstrating the potential to become ‘embryonic experts’ in that field. We hope they will make good use of the opportunities for challenge in daily lessons and widen their experience by taking part in the extra-curricular activities. By being proactively engaged in their learning, they should aim to remain on the register throughout their years at Atam Academy.
Although it may be assumed that all most able students will achieve success in the education system easily, this is not always the case. Appropriate support from teachers, parents and peers together is needed.
At Atam Academy our aim is to ensure the provision of opportunities to boost the attainment, motivation and self-confidence of all students.
We will provide this in a number of ways:
- Differentiated lessons
- Extra-curricular activities
- Educational visits and trips
- Family projects on website
- Information on wider opportunities
If you feel your son/daughter would benefit from extra support in school the following people are available to help:
Tutor/Head of Year
Subject teacher/Head of Department
Supporting Your Child At Home
Encourage your child to take risks and try things that would normally be outside of their familiar experience.
Visit museums. Often the museum will have activities that can be a part of a child’s enriched learning. Show you are interested in visiting; discuss what you like, you dislike and you enjoy and why you feel as you do.
Provide good books magazines, papers, journals, manuals, any reading matter that stimulates interest in the specific interests of your child but also in obscure areas of knowledge.
Always praise when deserved and always encourage effort and risk-taking. Never praise for praising’s sake.
Travel and explore in whatever context you can, whether visiting an exotic location or walking down every road or street in your area beginning with ‘t’!
Support access to libraries and to the internet.
Make time to talk with your child, not just about what they have done at school but a more broad conversation about what is happening in the world; the economy, technological trends, humour, things you have read.
Ask their advice about solving problems; not to add a load to their lives but to seek their advice. A clever, quick mind tends to think about what is or might be possible, rather than ‘it can’t be done’.
Encourage a wide range of friendships and social experiences.
Create a learning–study environment and commit time to the school–home learning partnership.