Our good but very large primary has a special policy to enrich those pupils deemed 'gifted and talented' (G&T). (Not sure if many others do? I thought I read the G&T policy was being phased out)? I think this is quite a small group with (I have to say).
Anyway, I am in favour of all children being enriched and being pushed to go above and beyond expectations. My question is are not all children deserving of this special 'enrichment'? In my experience if all children had similarly bespoke programmes created for them you'd see many children doing more than any might have thought possible, the 'middle ability' becoming the 'high ability' etc.
I always feel rather depressed at parents evenings if I am told not to worry my child is reaching 'expected levels'. I always hope for rather more but if they are pegged as 'middle ability' for example I've found this might not be straightforward.
This policy seems to have been ramped up at our school as Ofsted apparently found that the 'brightest' pupils weren't being stretched enough.
Is it fair that only a select group are singled out for an enriching curriculum? If it were a fee paying school would this be less or more acceptable? Does being in an 11 plus area make any odds?
The recent British tiger mums programme was interesting. I wonder how many of those children would be seen as G&T at our primary for example? Of course many of the children featured may have been but you'll see my point. With enough practice a young child with an 'average intellect' could access a special programme and come to see himself as G&T and be promoted as such. That may not always be a good thing of course but it's interesting I think...
I've devised my own programme for my non G&T children as have many of us here I think.
The results can be surprising and impressive also as many of us know.