At Brooklands School we believe that all children are entitled to an education that will enable them to develop their full potential, be that intellectual, physical, aesthetic, creative, emotional, spiritual or social. We also believe that children should also be able to live and develop as well-adjusted, autonomous and valued members of society. This is in line with the DfEE guidelines that “Gifted and Talented pupils are those pupils who achieve, or have the ability to achieve, at a level significantly in advance of the average of their year group”. Brooklands School normally expects to identify between 5 and 10% of each year group as Gifted or Talented although this will vary from year to year.
All children have particular and individual needs, which must be met if these goals are to be achieved. Therefore it is important that, as far as possible, the education of every child should be individually planned. In the wide spectrum of individual needs, some students – Gifted and Talented – are more able in some activities. It is our responsibility as educators to identify these Gifted and Talented students and to ensure effective provision in order to ensure that their potential is realised and fulfilled. Effective practice for Gifted and Talented learners is invariably good practice for all.