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Practical strategies and resources for leading teachers for gifted and talented. This comprehensive resource by John Senior will help you to deliver gifted and talented provision that will enhance the learning experience for your more able pupils and contribute to raising standards across the whole school.

Reviewing and improving your school’s provision for gifted and talented pupils should be a continual process. Knowing whether you are on the right track can make a real difference to pupils’ learning − and your own professional development.

The Primary G&T Handbook aims to provide an easy to use reference guide to help you, the leading teacher or gifted and talented coordinator, to deliver your vision of what G&T means in your school, in your context and in relation to other local influences and providers. Click here to view a sample page from the Primary G&T Handbook or order your copy today! This handbook is designed to offer you quick guidance to theoretical and practical issues that will also enable you to help other teaching and non-teaching colleagues, either immediately in conversation or more formally as a part of staff development opportunities, or to larger groups of colleagues, parents and occasionally pupils. Getting G&T provision right is very important both for the gifted and talented children in your care, other children, your colleagues and of course your own professional self esteem. A huge amount of good practice already exists within schools and can be both supported and developed for all pupils.

The Primary G&T Handbook is designed to offer you quick guidance to theoretical and practical issues that will also enable you to help other teaching and non-teaching colleagues, either immediately in conversation or more formally as a part of staff development opportunities, or to larger groups of colleagues, parents and occasionally pupils. Click here to view a sample page from the Primary G&T Handbook or order your copy today!

The Primary G&T Handbook will help you to work towards the aims of improving and extending learning for able students by enabling you to:

  • Lead in the development of the gifted and talented programme and contribute to raising standards across the whole school
  • Improve provision and the quality of provision for gifted and talented pupils and promote various appropriate aspects of the personalisation agenda
  • Challenge and develop your school’s gifted and talented systems, giving you tools to assist review of practice regularly and easily
  • Help your school to identify underachievement and develop teaching and learning programmes, which challenge and improve standards
  • Continuously keep abreast of professional developments and statutory legislation in the area of the gifted and talented pupil and be aware of changing practice and provision outside of school

Good G&T practice is about excitement in learning and enthusiastic professional teaching being consistently provided for every child, in this case the needs of the gifted and able.

Click here to view a sample page from the Primary G&T Handbook or order your copy today! The Primary G&T Handbook provides:

  • a mix of information and guidance for you the co-ordinator stimulating material to offer avenues with regard to your own professional development and that of your colleagues
  • pro-forma documents with reference policies for you to refer to, for practical matters such as policy
  • the tools to form a strategy for policy production, identification procedure establishment, provision, development, evaluation and review procedures
  • theoretical background to decisions made over policy and provision and opportunities to explore further with references to pursue any particular strand you might wish to research
  • a set of practical enrichment activities to offer models for enrichment and extension activities that can be used by any teachers, as the basis for a whole class exercise or for lessons outside of the day-to-day timetable
  • a concise overview of the vast range of publications, case studies, and research papers surrounding G&T for easy reference
  • useful references to the many web sites and organisations that are involved in improving and enriching the education of gifted and talented children

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 Contents of the Primary G&T Coordinator’s Handbook

Below is an outline of the content featured in the Primary G&T Coordinator’s Handbook: Introduction

– Why bother? – Knowledge check activity

1. How this handbook should be used – What do we mean by able gifted, and talented? – The language of intelligence and testing – Knowledge check activities 2. The gifted and talented leading teacher and the gifted and talented coordinator

– The role of the leading teacher for gifted and talented – The Gifted and Talented Leading Teacher: Job description – The role of the Gifted and Talented Coordinator – The Gifted and Talented Coordinator: Job description – Spot the difference – Future developments – The golden rules for carrying out the role effectively – Knowledge check activities

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3. Deciding what is going to be done, why and by whom

– What do you do now? – Policy – Case-study primary school policy – A pro-forma document for creating a school policy – Processes and monitoring – The necessity of initiating and supporting effective systems – School self evaluation form and what Ofsted will look for – Financial considerations – where the money comes from is this standards fund or what? – Creating a case for funding – Record keeping and accountability – National Register of gifted and talented pupils and the School Census – Quality Standards – Networking and clusters – Knowledge check activities

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4. Making things happen

– Policy into practice – Avoiding unnecessary work – Identification of able gifted and talented children – Differentiating between:    the willing    the biddable    the able gifted and talented achiever    the able gifted and talented underachiever    the challenged able gifted and talented achiever    the criminally able gifted and talented achiever – Provision within the timetable, within school and outwith – Socializing and grouping considerations – Knowledge check activity

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5. The gifted and talented pupil

– What do they want to do? – Individual motivation – Learning preferences – Critical thinking skills – Creative thinking skills – Perfectionism – High-order questioning – Emotional intelligence – Social isolation – Duel exceptionality – Managing success and failure – Knowledge check activity

6. Teaching the gifted and talented pupil

– Developing an effective and safe learning environment – Foundation stage – Questions about learning – Classroom climate – Learning questions – Assessment for learning – Personalised learning – What messages are you sending to the able gifted and talented pupil? – Creating confidence when making mistakes – Acceleration and accelerated learning – Supporting transition – How to teach a child who is inventing our future – Knowledge check activity

Click here to view a sample page from the Primary G&T Handbook or order your copy today! 7. Governors

– Knowledge check activity

8. Parents and carers of the gifted and talented pupil

– Managing parental ambition and subsequent pressure on the able gifted and talented pupil – Supporting the parent to support the able gifted and talented pupil – How to manage the relationship with the parents of able gifted and talented pupils – Involving parents in supporting the able gifted and talented pupil’s learning – Homework – Knowledge check activity

9. Local authorities (LAs)

– Knowledge check activity

10. Knowing that what you are doing is effective and worthwhile

– Measuring effectiveness – Knowledge check activity

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11. Future-proofing provision

– Training and development considerations – Knowledge check activity

12. Resources

– How to find them – How to assess their quality and appropriateness – How to use them – Knowledge check activity 13. Enrichment Activities

– Producing enrichment and extension materials – Quick enrichment: – KS 1&2 lesson length enrichment activities – Day-long enrichment activities – How to present the activities – How to extend the activities – How to support a developing interest – Knowledge check activity

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14. Final word

– The essential thing to do – Development of ‘pupil voice’ – Knowledge check activity

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