Most Able

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Most Able Lead: B West BWest@garibaldischool.co.uk

Deputy Head of School – Progression: MDawson@garibaldischool.co.uk

By default, our Most Able cohort is made up of students who are in the top 20% of their year group, as defined by the scaled scores they obtained in their KS2 SATs. At various points in the year, students may be added to this list where there is valid reason to do so, and the responsibility of this lies with the year group’s Achievement Lead. Further details of this are located in our Most Able policy, which can be obtained in full by contacting the school. Students retain their Most Able designation throughout their time at Garibaldi, either until they leave at the end of Year 11 or at the end of Sixth-Form in Year 13.

We provide additional provision for Most Able learners through a variety of different forms. In timetabled lesson time, this might, for example, include following a different Scheme of Work for a particular subject, or further tasks to complete as part of half-termly homework. Additional sessions are delivered by staff for a variety of University-led schemes, such as sessions tailored to the Nottingham Trent University Progression scheme or the University of Oxford and Cambridge’s Year 10 Nottinghamshire Programme. Most Able learners are also provided with bespoke programmes of challenge and support through Study Period sessions, such as our Raising Aspirations provision for Years 9 and 10.

The School also offers students from all years the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Further and Higher Education through the partnerships that we maintain with outside providers, such as The University of Nottingham. These might include campus visits for students (usually during June and July of each year), in-house sessions focusing on University life, College life, or apprenticeship opportunities, or in-school staff-led sessions focusing on forward planning and life goals.

Outside of lesson time, students are provided with additional opportunities that they can take up, which include: subject-specific competitions in some subjects, lunchtime clubs (for example English Challenge Club for Years 7 and 8 on a Tuesday), and additional reading lists.

The Garibaldi School’s Most Able Supplementary Curriculum

The School offers students in years 7-10 the opportunity to opt-in to a unique supplementary curriculum programme. Each half-term, students complete a core subject-specific task and a raising aspirations/study-skills tasks. The supplementary curriculum draws on university-level skills and content and gives students the opportunity to extend their learning beyond the usual curriculum; it offers them the chance to study different areas within subjects that are not taught in the classroom.

The supplementary curriculum is delivered online through Microsoft Teams. Feedback is provided through a blended approach of peer feedback, teacher quality assurance, and teacher grading. Grades are provided to students based on University-level criteria of 1st, 2:1, 2:2 and 3rd.

For a copy of the timetable for the academic year 2020-2021, please click here.

If you have any further questions on how you can support your child or any questions relating to the provision please do not hesitate to get in touch with the School.

University/Providers Raising Aspirations Partnerships

The school maintains partnerships and has received support in running activities (assemblies, skills session, aspiration sessions etc.) click here

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