At Halewood academy, we are dedicated to providing students with not only the best possible education, but also support their aspirations. All students have aspirations however, it is our job as educators to ensure students know how to achieve those, and put strategies in place to support.
A part of the aspirations programme is the identification of High Attaining and Talented (HAT) students. High attaining students are those who scored a high level (equivalent of a level 5 or above) in their KS2 SATS. Talented students are those who demonstrate a particular talent outside of the classroom, these students are often involved in extra-curricular activities such as creative writing, performing arts, sports and/or leadership. The talented students are often identified by members or staff or can nominate themselves.
With this in mind, we seek to provide students with a rigorous and challenging learning experience throughout their time with us. It is the responsibility for all our staff to support and develop your child’s interests and strengths, as well as ensuring they are challenged in lessons and given the opportunity to develop their talents. We recognise that whilst it is important to work on a person’s strength, we also need to broaden out their other abilities.
At Halewood Academy, we aim to ensure we meet the needs of our student’s aspirations, by enabling experiences and encouragement to follow the correct pathway. We aim to provide students with experiences such as college and university visits, local employers and business trips, in school visits from employers and people from a variety of careers and working on skills required to enable students to achieve their aspirations, such as;
Ability to learn
A range of knowledge
Core skills, such as problem solving
Students will complete their own 'Aspiration Tree' in their planner - This is what it looks like.
· www.iggy.net - this is a social network designed to help gifted young people realise their full potential. It gives members access to great educational resources and encourages them to work with top academics and other gifted young people around the world.
· www.nace.co.uk - The National Association for Able Children in Education. This specialises in supporting teachers in providing teaching and learning for able, gifted and talented pupils.