At Outwood Academy Newbold, we value academic excellence and we believe that the learning of all of our students should be personalised. All students should be challenged, inspired and empowered by learning. All of our classrooms should be engaging and inspiring places to learn.
It is well known that learners learn in different ways and our teachers accommodate these different learning styles in their lessons. Our most able learners are identified and their progress is monitored in order to make sure they are continually provided for and are reaching their true potential.
Most Able learners are those students who show an outstanding ability in one specific subject or across a selection of subjects within the academy community.
Students who are more able will demonstrate achievement or the potential to achieve at the highest levels in comparison with children at a similar age or stage in their education.
The academy provides activities and experiences to extend its most able pupils. This could be as part of the extensive enrichment programme that is offered to all students or specific activities, such as visits to universities and outside speakers. You might also notice that your child is involved in activities such as Maths Challenge Days, Art and Photography trips, writing competitions, sporting events and fixtures, KS3 Stem Club, Science Alive! Trip, and planning and delivering lessons to younger students or peers.
Within the classroom, teachers use stretch and challenge activities and use our learning model to develop important skills such as communication, creativity, higher order thinking skills, risk taking, evaluation, peer teaching and independence. This will help our students to achieve their potential and develop key employability skills. Our curriculum model enables students to fast-track as appropriate, or opt for enrichment activities which give the opportunity to broaden and extend knowledge and skills. Most Able learners are encouraged to develop leadership or mentoring roles within the classroom and within the whole academy.
All students are monitored through our rigorous ‘Praising Stars ©’ system and our intervention model. It is expected that all teachers will track the progress of most able students to ensure they are making excellent progress and are not underachieving. This is reported to parents every half term.
Research has shown that 80% of learning goes on out of school hours. Children 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. It is essential that parents recognise the important role that they can play in developing their child’s potential.
A supportive and encouraging home background provides the ideal condition in which young people can develop their abilities. Some ideas to help achieve this:
• Recognise and praise achievement
• Focus on what can be learnt from disappointments
• Discuss school work. Find out what they have learnt and ask them to explain things to you.
• Try to expose children to stimulating experiences such as playing a sport, visits to museums, art galleries, historical sites.
• Allow children to take up different hobbies and join different clubs in and out of school.
• Encourage reading of books and newspapers.
• Encourage the viewing of a variety of thought provoking documentaries and films.
• Help them become critical viewers and readers by discussing what you’ve seen and read.
• Ask for their opinions on moral issues and dilemmas. Encourage understanding of both sides of an argument.
There can be no doubt that being able to communicate is a vitally important skill. Whether your child is already a mature reader and excellent communicator, or has yet to develop strong language skills, the following ideas can be used to develop awareness and interest in the language we use. Many of these ideas also develop thinking skills and logical reasoning.
• Emphasise the importance of speaking clearly and discussing ideas and opinions.
• Buy a daily newspaper and subscribe to journals which your child is interested in.
• Encourage your child to summarise information and feed back to the rest of the family.
• Continue reading together.
• Play games associated with language such as crosswords, scrabble and articulate.
The ability to think creatively and analyse information are essential life skills. Once learnt these are tools for life which can be used in all situations which form a basis for many careers. All subjects at school focus on developing these skills, it is not subject specific. Some activities which help with these skills include:
• Discussing adverts for obvious and hidden messages.
• Pick an item and invent 10 new uses for it.
• Re-invent / design something new.
• Let your child redesign their bedroom.
• Learn a new craft.
• Play ball games.
Parents and carers are asked to inform the academy about talents or aptitudes of their children and to encourage them to participate in extra-curricular activities both in and out of the academy.
The following links (buttons below) include some subject specific advice which you may find helpful for you and your family.
If there are any concerns or queries about your child’s progress or identification, please contact Mrs Edwards Vice Principal Deep Learning.