As teachers we will, as a matter of course, strive to provide for individual needs as best we can. There is an expectation at NTS to differentiate in lessons as part of one’s normal teaching and inevitably our provision will fall somewhere between whole-class teaching at one extreme and one-to-one tuition at the other.

However, we try to go one step further in order to celebrate, increase, formalise and monitor our support of the gifted and talented. For provision to be effective, the process of identifying the gifted and talented pupils at NTS is updated at the beginning of every academic year.

Gifted & Talented Departmental Initiatives 2012-2013

Department
 Provision for gifted and talented students
Art
  • GCSE & A level G&T studies work on scenery for the school play.
  • Sixth formers are involved in art work displayed in and around Wigton (e.g. boards covering derelict buildings).
  • Photography club.
  • Art Club is targeted at those pupils involved in the transition from Key Stage 3 to GCSE.
Business Studies 
(Year 10-13)
  • A* support sessions run at lunchtime to help the most able Business Studies students.
English
  • Enrichment sheets ‘Star Targets’ are in the back of pupil’s exercise books with extension tasks aimed at developing independent research skills.
  • G&T pupils are encouraged to attend drama club (all years).
  • Key Stage 3 G&T pupils are encouraged to attend literacy club.
  • Word of the week – aimed at enhancing literacy across the curriculum. G&T pupils given an input into the words used.
Geography
  • Year 8 & 9 G&T pupils work on separate schemes of work for short periods of time. These are based on AS level standard topics (population, tectonics, and coastlines) and are aimed to enhance vocabulary and technical understanding of the most able pupils.
  • G&T students plan and lead Geography lessons in French.
  • A2 lunchtime discussion seminars take place roughly once a half term.
History
  • A level resources and text books are used with top set lesson (Years 8-11) to enhance their vocabulary and broaden their historical knowledge.
  • History Club; open to all year groups with a large uptake of G&T working on mini research projects.
  • Strategy games club after school.
  • Strategy games requiring thought and skill are incorporated regularly into lessons.
  • Year 9 essay competition.
  • Sixth form students are encouraged to submit essays to national competitions.
  • Year 13 Personal Enquiry. Pupils use a selection of degree-level text books to enhance their research skills in preparation for undergraduate historical research at university.
  • Sixth form students are used as learning mentors in lower school lessons.
  • G&T pupils are recommended websites and books to look at in order to enhance and broaden their knowledge.
  • Specific activities incorporated into Curriculum Enrichment and Activities day to target the History G&T pupils. Examples include debates and mock parliament discussions alongside visits to museums and exhibitions.
ICT
  • G&T pupils take part in the school report day run by the BBC.
  • Apps for Good. G&T pupils in Year 11 work on designing and resourcing an app for a mobile phone that meets a social need. They are involved in video conferencing with heads of mobile technology from around the world and can enter national competitions to pitch their ideas in a Dragons Den style and potentially have their app made and sold.
  • STEM Club. Many G&T pupils in Year 9 have had the opportunity to design and develop a range of different products that have been entered into national STEM challenges. Pupils have the opportunity to give presentations to scientists from different local companies as well as travelling to London for the national heats if successful in the competitions.
  • G&T pupils work within lessons on more sophisticated professional programmes and are able to learn more complex skills and techniques.
PE
  • Key Stage 3 G&T pupils take part in a leadership programme, taking warm ups or teaching small practical sessions to other members of their class.
  • Year 10 G&T pupils take part in the Sports Leader Award.
  • G&T pupils take part in judging, umpiring and refereeing other school based sporting events.
  • After school Clubs in a variety of different sporting disciplines; including multi skills club aimed at G&T pupils.
  • G&T pupils encouraged to attend county and district trials and sporting events.
  • Some G&T pupils enter national competition with the support of private coaches and parents.
Modern Foreign Languages
  • Sixth form learning mentors involved in lessons (aimed at extending Year 10 and 11 G&T pupils).
  • Conversation classes at lunchtimes. G&T GCSE pupils work alongside A Level students to enhance their conversation skills.
  • Key Stage 3 pupils have lists of extension activities and additional reading (books and websites) in the back of their books.
  • G&T students lead lessons in other subjects, in French.
  • Additional reading lists available for GCSE G&T pupils.
  • Latin and Greek are available for the most able students in addition to French and Spanish.
  • Asia Club.
Maths
  • An additional ‘Gifted’ maths group. 6-12 pupils each year are fast tracked and sit their GCSE exam in Year 10. They then a GCSE in Further Mathematics in Year 11 and often go on to take Further Maths at A level.
  • Year 8 and 9 pupils work in teams of 4 and prepare for national maths and numeracy competitions which take place off site against teams from other schools.
  • The most able pupils take part in the national Maths Challenge competition at junior, intermediate and senior level.
Music
  • There is a wide range of extracurricular activities at lunch time and after school.
  • Individual instrumental lessons are available (piano, strings, woodwind, brass, drum kit, guitar).
  • Opportunities for pupils to perform in concerts and events throughout the year.
RE and Sociology
  • Sixth form receive peer led sessions as part of their normal lessons.
  • A level G&T students are given an additional reading list to broaden their knowledge and understanding.
  • A great deal of emphasis is placed on developing thinking skills during lessons using P4C (Philosophy for Children) strategies. G&T pupils are encouraged to focus on the more demanding aspects of these skills such as analysis and evaluation.
  • Discussion or research based activities are incorporated into lessons to encourage the more able to work independently.
Science
  • Most able GCSE pupils are taught 3 separate sciences, Biology, Chemistry and Physics in the time allotted for 2 Science GCSEs.
  • GCSE pupils are involved in seminars run by examiners and lecturers aimed at enhancing exam performance (Science Live!).
  • Guest speakers. Local scientists are invited into school to talk to pupils about aspects of their science career. Examples include doctors, dentists, radiographers, chemists and physicists from Sellafield, dieticians and vets.
  • G&T Reading Scheme. There is a range of books available in the library that pupils will be encouraged to read; both fiction and nonfiction. Pupils also have suggested reading lists in their exercise books and suitable books or chapters are recommended to accompany work being covered in lessons at given times.
  • Lower school STEM events run by STEM ambassadors from Innovia, both in school and at the Research & Development centre at the factory.
  • A Level Chemistry and Physics students are involved in ‘real life’ research projects at Innovia. After producing a report and presentation on their work students can achieve a CREST gold award.
  • A Level students are encouraged to attend talks and seminars put on by distinguished scientists and lecturers in the local area.
Technology
  • Pupils are involved in the following external events and competitions: The Arkwright scholarships for Engineering, Rotary Chef Competition, Track 4X4 NAV challenge, Rotary Challenge for Key stage 3, React Foundation, and STEM activities.
  • Young Enterprise Club aimed at Key Stage 3 pupils.
Cross Curricular
  • Internationalism (Citizenship, Modern Foreign Languages, and History). They work on cross curricular projects incorporating a range of different disciplines. The students meet on Wednesday lunchtimes.
  • International mentors; members of the internationalism club go into form groups and deliver elements of Citizenship to the younger pupils.
  • Debating competitions.
  • Advanced Discussion Group for year 12 students.
  • G&T Citizenship classes for Year 9 students.