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Gifted and Talented/Most Able Pupils - Terminology
The terminology for this group of pupils is varied and changing. Over the years many terms have been used, often being grouped into ‘gifted and talented’ and more recently 'most able' (Ofsted).
The Ofsted school inspection handbook (January 2014) states that it is 'important to test the school’s response to individual needs by observing how well it helps all pupils to make progress and fulfil their potential' and that it may be relevant to pay particular attention to the achievement of ' the highest attainers'.
The recent report ‘Educating the Highly Able’ produced the Sutton Trust (July 2012) recommends ‘the confusing and catch-all construct “gifted and talented be abandoned’ and suggests the focus, as far as schools are concerned, should be on those capable of excellence in school subjects, which the report terms, ‘highly able’.
Potential Plus (formally National Association for Gifted Children) prefers the phrase, ‘high learning potential’.
Whatever the terminology, schools should ensure that all pupils are challenged and make good progress in school.
Most Able Children in the Classroom
In practical classroom terms most able children are likely to present themselves to teachers in one or another of three groups:
Able pupils can have/be :