Gifted & Talented Study Day
This study day is designed to offer a unique provision for schools with academically gifted and talented students. Planning for the most able students is far from easy. Without adequate provision such students can readily become disenchanted with the education system, underperform or even switch off completely. Stretching and challenging the most able students in a classroom situation risks 'losing' the rest of the class and extension activities, where they are offered, are often mundane and are perceived as a way of making such students (and teachers) do 'more' work. Whilst a greater volume of output from such students is measurable and quantifiable it is vital that the students are stretched intellectually and also that the extension activity has contributed to their own personal development.
An approach is needed which is both rigorous and relevant to such students. The challenge of working with the most able is to help them to sort out the clutter of their minds and in the process to help them to prioritise, to think clearly and independently. Albert Einstein claimed that 'common sense' is nothing more than the accumulation of prejudices we have acquired by the age of 18.
This study day will demand that the students who attend begin the process of identifying and challenging their preconceived ideas with the aim of encouraging and empowering them to think independently and creatively.