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Most Able Children

At St Dunstan’s school a Most Able child is one who is achieving, or has the potential to achieve significantly above the average for the year group. Most Able children are those with significant academic ability or potential.

How do we recognise a Most Able child?

The school uses a range of agreed criteria and sources of evidence to identify those children showing potential or achieving significantly above the average.


What does this mean for a child?

Throughout our school there is a general positive climate of high expectation and we celebrate achievement in many ways. At St Dunstan’s School we know children respond better in a positive supportive learning environment and provision for the most able children in the classroom includes:
  • Different forms of differentiation (such as: by outcome, task, dialogue, pace or content)
  • Learning enrichment (this offers children a range of different approaches and solutions to any given task, and values exploration, flexibility, making connections, extending boundaries and celebrating ideas)
  • Links with other subjects, children are encouraged to use their skills to make connections across the curriculum
  • Questioning, explaining and challenging to extend thinking

We may also identify further enrichment opportunities, such as:
  • Use of specialists (for example, school visitors elevating the topical learning and through educational visits)
  • Extension and enrichment opportunities(for example extension groups, extra-curricular clubs/activities)
  • Residential experiences
  • Local Authority support and organised activities
  • Specialist sports coaching after school
  • Inter school sports competitions
  • In-house and national initiatives/competition and enrichment

How can I support a Most Able Child at home?
  • Encourage a variety of interests and activities
  • Help your child to organise their time
  • Encourage use of local facilities such as the library
  • Organise visits to museums, science centres and art galleries
  • Encourage discussion and debate in the home
  • Demonstrate pride in achievement
  • Help your child to discover how fun learning can be
  • Show sensitivity to your child's interests without trying to mould him/her
  • Include your child in family decision-making
  • Show the importance of relaxation, socialising and exercise

Useful links

National Association for Gifted Children - practical tools and courses to help you develop your child's gifts and talents.

Potential Plus UK - The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is an independent charity which works with the whole family to support the child who is gifted and talented. This website offers parents of children with high learning potential the support needed for their children to thrive successfully.

BBC Schools homepage – learning resources for home and school.
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St. Dunstan's Catholic Primary School, Onslow Crescent, Woking, Surrey. GU22 7AX  Tel: 01483 715190 
email: office@stdunstans.surrey.sch.uk