Lydiard Park Academy’s lead teachers for gifted and talented pupils – Sophie Hesten and Emma Al-Hassani – recently hosted a forum where the pupils had the opportunity to share their ideas about what they want from lessons and extra-curricular activities in their chosen subjects.
Explaining the event Emma said: “We invited over 100 pupils to take part and they worked in break out groups to gather ideas. They were very engaged and keen to volunteer the information.
“Basically they asked for more project work and more interaction with one another. They would also welcome greater challenges, and more fun and creative activities related to their subjects. These are all aspects of teaching and learning which will translate very well for all students, not just the gifted and talented.”
The staff also use a one to one mentoring scheme to identify work experience and to help students understand the next steps to take to meet their aspirations.
Commenting on the importance of nurturing the pupils’ enthusiasm as well as keeping a realistic perspective, Emma said: “We want to give them as much opportunity as possible to raise their aspirations through master classes, session 6 clubs and school trips. But we also want to link to the outside world and involve parents in celebrating achievements too.”