Most Able

Most Able

At Outwood Academy Shafton we believe that the learning of all of our students should be personalised, leaving students challenged, inspired and empowered by their learning. We know that students learn in different ways, and our teachers accommodate these different learning styles in their lessons. Our most able students are identified and monitored, to ensure they are suitably stretched and are reaching their maximum potential.

Who are most able students and what provision is there?

Most able students will achieve, or have the potential to achieve, at the highest levels in comparison with children at a similar age or stage in their education. Within the classroom, teachers stretch and challenge the pupils, helping students achieve their potential and develop key life skills. Our curriculum is designed to enable students to fast-track as appropriate, or opt for enrichment activities, giving the opportunity to broaden and extend knowledge and skills. Most able learners are encouraged to develop mentoring roles within the classroom. Outside of the classroom, the academy provides activities and experiences to extend its most able pupils. This could be as part of the extensive enrichment programme, which is offered to all students, or through specific activities, such as visits to universities and by outside speakers.

Scholars Programme 2020 – 2021

As part of our commitment to the academically most-able, we have developed an exciting supercurricular programme for a select number of students in each year group, who are invited to join the programme.

The “It’s Who We Are” programme will have two cohorts of students. The Junior division will invite the most-able students from Year 7 and 8 while the Senior division will be for students in Years 9 to 11.

One of the key aims of IWWE is to increase the number of students heading to top universities including the Russell Group universities.

Students will be personally invited to apply for the programme and interviews will be held to decide upon the final cohort, aiming for the top 5% of each year group.

At the start of each division there ill be a launch event which will involve parents and selected students outlining the exciting programme of events the students will follow. Students who successfully complete the junior programme will take part in Graduation as “Diamond” students and will be invited to apply again for the Senior Division. A new cohort of students will also be invited at this stage to apply for the Senior Division based on Y8 Praising Stars 6 outcomes.

Junior Division – A Love of Learning

Half termly events to include:

  • Subject masterclass/A level lesson
  • Maths Challenge
  • Learning Styles Workshops
  • Benefits of Higher Education tutorials
  • Taster Days

Senior Division – Becoming a Scholar

Half termly events to include:

  • Leeds University Outreach Programmes
  • York St John’s Residential
  • University Subject Showcase days
  • In- school student ad parent workshops
  • Student Shadowing
  • Public Lectures