At Tonypandy Community College we are committed to ensuring our students meet their full potential. We aim to ensure that students who have been identified as ‘More Able and Talented’ across a range of subjects are provided with an enriched and broad curriculum to foster this potential.
What is meant by the phrase ‘More able and Talented’?
The Welsh Government has adopted the phrase ‘More Able and Talented’ to describe pupils who “require opportunities for enrichment and extension that go beyond those provided for the general cohort of students. The term ‘More Able and Talented’ encompasses pupils who are more able across the curriculum as well as those who show talent in one or more specific areas and strengths in leadership, team working and entrepreneurial skills.”
(WG, Meeting the Challenge, 2007)
Every student is considered for inclusion on the school’s More Able & Talented (MAT) register and in line with the recommendation of the Welsh Government, approximately 20% of each year group have been identified.
Tonypandy Community College aim to:
- Offer enriched, extended and accelerated learning opportunities in and out of the classroom environment
- Support the student intellectually and emotionally through our pastoral programme
- Identify underachievement and offer support to these students
- Form a close working partnership with parents
- Encourage student to develop their talents by attending outside organisations
More Able and Talented Student Identification:
Tonypandy Community College use the following criteria to identify MAT students:
- Information from primary schools (test data/ talent data).
- Test data (WG Reading and Numeracy tests, CATs, GCSEs, End of Key stage data, FFTs).
- School based target grades (Global Grades/targets).
- Subject teachers will use the Subject Specific Checklist based on what is published in the Curriculum of Opportunity.
The MAT Register
- A register of MAT students will be published annually, reviewed and updated. This is available to all staff on the school SIMS system. There is also additional supporting documentation available to all staff.
- Once identified, students and parents/guardians are informed through the MAT Conference.
- Progress Managers will meet with MAT students on a fortnightly basis.
The wellbeing of all students including our MAT students is of utmost importance here at Tonypandy Community College. We recognise that our MAT students may need pastoral support from time to time. This will be provided in a discrete manner as and when required. Students will be mentored by Progress Managers on a fortnightly basis and additional support will be provided by class teachers and the pastoral team.
All staff know which students have been identified as MAT in their subjects and those who are More Able across a range of subjects.
Curriculum areas may include the following:
- Teaching and Learning strategies Setting of classes
- Differentiated tasks
- Independent learning
- Opportunities to develop Higher Order Thinking Skills
- Peer teaching
- Enrichment and Extension activities
- Early entry for GCSE or additional courses
- Extra-Curricular clubs
- Links with outside organisations
- Additional MAT homework-Show my homework website
What can you do at home to help support your child?
It is essential that parents/guardians recognise the important role that they can play in developing their child’s potential. Research shows that 80% of learning goes on out of school hours. Students are constantly learning from the things they see and hear, from the attitudes they are exposed to and the activities in which they are involved. As a parent, you are the most constant and important factor in your child’s development. You, better than anyone else, know your child and you may feel that the school is ‘missing something’.
Support & Encouragement
A supportive and encouraging home background provides the ideal condition in which young people can develop their abilities. Some ideas to help achieve this are:
- Recognise and praise achievement
- Focus on what can be learned from disappointments
- Discuss school work, find out what they have learned and ask them to explain things to you.
- Support completion of homework and access Show My Homework
- Encourage students to read regularly
- Debate and discuss topics on the news