At UCC we are committed to providing the best possible standard of education and personal development for all pupils, regardless of ability. Within this context, we aim to meet the needs of specific groups of learners such as our 'More Able and Talented' pupils. We want our students to leave as individuals who are confident with their own intellectual, social and personal abilities, along with a greater knowledge of the complex world around them. We aim to help children recognise the spectrum of their capabilities in order to boost their self esteem and raise their aspirations.
Ullswater Community College recognises the need for all staff to be involved in the identification of 'More Able and Talented' pupils. To do this effectively we use a number of procedures that are flexible and effective and, above all, encourage staff to ‘look out for excellence’ thereby promoting the positive school ethos that is geared towards success. Identification during the transition process begins before pupils start at UCC through liaison with their primary school.
More Able is used to describe students at the upper end of the academic range, who are achieving or have the potential to achieve significantly above peers in their year group.
Talented is used to describe students who display a specific talent above peers in their year group, in the visual arts, music, sport, visual and spatial skills and social skills
MORE ABLE AND TALENTED PROVISION AT UCC
We are committed to giving students opportunities to work at higher cognitive levels, having learning objectives that do not limit or cap learning, giving the chance to take risks and the right to fail, providing wide ranging activities to engage and inspire, as well as employing differentiated materials and higher-order tasks to provide a greater depth of knowledge.