More able students
The Boswells School makes every effort to enable and encourage all students to reach a level in every subject which is commensurate with their ability by providing a relevant and differentiated curriculum. Some of our highest ability students are invited to take part in additional activities across the curriculum designed to stretch and challenge them to allow them to achieve their highest potential.
At The Boswells School it is a minimum expectation that all students will make three levels of progress from KS2 to KS4. For our more able students the expectation is raised to four levels of progress across the curriculum
To ensure that all students make the most of the learning opportunities available to them their academic and personal development is monitored closely; progress is checked and appropriate targets are set. Our expectations are high and we take great pride in providing for students of all abilities and in enabling them to succeed.
Expert staffing, partnership with parents, links with higher education and our wider community all underpin the outstanding provision and personalised approach for every student.
How do we Stretch and Challenge pupils within lessons?
We ensure that all teachers take the following into consideration when planning:
- Information from primary schools
- Prior performance eg KS2 results
- CAT scores
- Particular aptitude in a subject
At The Boswells School we aim to stretch our Most Able in every lesson.
Examples of classroom provision for the Most Able
- HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills) rather than MOTS (More Of The Same!)
- Students as leaders/teachers/facilitators
- Students given particular roles in group work e.g. questioner
- Ensuring clear guidance/exemplary material is given for what an A* looks like
- Providing academic word banks to encourage more sophisticated vocabulary
However, it is important to provide more challenge, not more work!
Examples of challenge include:
- Higher order thinking skills (Analyse, Evaluate, Create...)
- Allowing pupils to jump steps
- Open ended tasks which allow unusual responses
- Encouraging experimentation
- Extended research projects
In Year 9 and 10, some of our more able students are invited to join ‘The Brilliant Club’ initiative. This programme offers students the opportunity to work directly with a PHD student over a number of months on a particular topic of interest. The process results in a high level, university assessed dissertation. Successful students are invited to attend the day at a Russell Group University where they graduate. In May 2016, our first group of students graduated at the University of Cambridge, Gonville & Caius College. We were very proud of them and look forward to more success with our 2017 cohort.