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AGT guide for parents/carers

What is able, gifted and talented (AGT)?

We recognise gifted and talented students and also take into consideration able students when looking at students who will go onto the AGT register.

‘Able’ refers to students who achieve, or have the ability to achieve, above average compared with other students in their year group in one or more national curriculum subjects.

‘Gifted’ refers to students who achieve, or have the ability to achieve, significantly above average compared with other students in their year group in one or more national curriculum subjects other than art, performing arts or physical education.

‘Talented’ refers to students who achieve, or have the ability to achieve, significantly above average compared with other students in their year group in art, performing arts, physical education or in areas requiring visiospatial skills.

Why is my child on the AGT register?

A student is identified by an individual subject as AGT if they meet the majority of the criteria listed by that subject. Students are not necessarily AGT simply because they are predicted high grades, although this makes it more likely.

In order to be listed on the AGT register, a student must be identified in three or more subjects. Many students have a strength in one subject and in order for the register to recognise those who have above average ability in multiple areas, this criterion is necessary. However, within lessons, departments will be challenging all students identified as AGT within that subject and every child should feel stretched, whatever level they are working at.

Will my child stay on the register permanently?

The AGT register is reviewed twice a year, allowing amendments to be made as necessary. It is possible that any student can be added to a subject list or removed from a subject list depending on their effort, contributions within lessons and whether they are currently meeting the subject criteria. You will be informed of any changes that affect your child.

My child completes activities outside of school that I would like you to know about.

We welcome contact from parents to inform us of activities students participate in outside of school. If the activity is linked to a specific subject, you should contact the department directly to ask for consideration for your child to be recognised as AGT, but if you are not sure into which department your child’s activities fit, feel free to contact the lead teacher for AGT.

You should include details of the activity, including when and how regularly your child participates and to what level. Evidence such as a copy of a certificate or letter from the activity leader will be needed to confirm participation at the level described. The final decision regarding placement of the student on the AGT register remains with the Academy.

I am concerned about the social or emotional wellbeing of my child.

Students are able to book appointments with Mrs Frary who is trained and able to give advice on a range of student welfare issues, including the pressures associated with being identified as AGT. If you have concerns and your child does not wish to make an appointment, speak to their form tutor or head of college to seek support from within the Academy.

How can I support my child at home?

AGT students are individuals as all children are. You will know the types of areas your child may need support with. This may include:

  • organisation – making sure homework is completed when it is set and not left until the last minute and that equipment is packed ready for school;
  • knowing when to stop – not rewriting a piece of homework again and again to make it perfect when drafting and a neat version is enough to reach a good standard in a sensible time period;
  • relaxation – getting out to do some sport or finding a hobby or craft that they enjoy so that they have a non-academic interest they can do to unwind;
  • challenge – and allowing them to make mistakes, whether it is a game of chess or a climbing wall, get them to try new things and not to fear failure (all of these are best promoted by leading by example!)

Who should I contact if I have any questions or concerns?

Your query can be directed to the subject teacher or the head of department if it is subject specific, or to your child’s form tutor or head of college if it relates to matters outside a specific subject.

If your query is specifically relating to AGT, the lead teacher for AGT is Claire Tilbury who can be contacted on clairetilbury@inspirationtrust.org