Able, Gifted & Talented
The British School of Bucharest is committed to developing confident, motivated, self-disciplined learners, who can realise their full potential and make responsible contributions to the world.
The school recognises that there are students who have a high academic ability whether it is in one field or multiple fields (able), students who have an exceptionally high academic ability whether it is in one field or multiple fields (gifted), and students who have an exceptional ability in an expressive or creative area (talented). These students must be identified, challenged and supported in order to ensure that their individual needs are met within, and outside, the curriculum. At the British School of Bucharest, we recognise that any special talents and abilities should be identified early, monitored, and developed throughout all Key Stages. We also recognise that many of our children speak English as an additional language and this should be taken into account during identification.
At the British School of Bucharest we aim to:
- Encourage all students to engage in open inquiry, creativity, decision-making and independent thought.
- Provide opportunities for students to work at higher cognitive levels.
- Provide opportunities for students to develop specific skills and talents.
- Encourage students to reflect on the process of their own learning and to understand the factors that help make them progress.
- Encourage students to take managed risks and to play an active role in their learning.
- Foster the development of a well-rounded and balanced individual, both intellectually and socially.
- Encourage students to be open to ideas and initiatives presented by others, thus promoting the importance of citizenship and collaboration.
- Encourage all learners to develop to their full potential.
The school uses a range of agreed criteria and sources of evidence. These may include:
- SATs / CATs tests
- Half termly tests
- Non-verbal reasoning tests
- Attributes and subject specific checklists
- Staff nomination
- Information from parents, carers and outside agencies
- Student interviews
- Student products/ portfolios
The school keeps updated records of students who show particular or overall exceptional ability within the curriculum. The students are placed on a register. It is recognised that students develop at different rates, therefore the number and members of the identified group of students will change over time.