At St Colmcille’s BNS, we are committed to providing an environment which encourages all pupils to fulfil their potential.
An exceptionally able pupil is one who is in the top 5% of the population (an IQ of 130+, 98th percentile), and has the capacity for or demonstrates a high level of performance in an academic area or in a non- academic area such as:
Identification of Exceptionally Pupils
An exceptionally able child is likely to show some of the following characteristics:
1. Have at least one area of outstanding ability whether
a. a very advanced attainment.
b. very advanced ideas or interests.
c. very advanced oral skills.
d. very advanced creative or artistic skills.
*2. Usually learns easily and is able to handle complex information.
*3. Superior in quality and quantity of vocabulary as compared with children of his own age.
4. May have ability to do effective work independently, showing perseverance and good attention.
5. May show alertness or a quick response to new ideas.
6. May have unusual imagination or originality.
7. Very advanced or rapid reader and may have learned to read early.
8. May be socially very mature or may have poor social skills
9. May have an outstanding sense of humour.
10. May have very good verbal ability, but have poor writing skills.
11. May have low motivation
12. May have short attention span
13. May have a learning disability which masks their achievements
14. May be keen to disguise their abilities
A child showing many of these characteristics, but not those marked with an asterisk is likely to be an exceptionally able pupil who is underachieving educationally.
A record is kept of all pupils who have been identified as exceptionally able. The area of ability is recorded with reference to which aspect(s) are exceptional. These records are reviewed on a regular basis.
Provision for Exceptionally Able Pupils
It is recognized that exceptionally able children have special needs and schemes of work in the various curricular areas should reflect this fact. Opportunities for extension and enrichment are built into all schemes of work, and each curricular area will have a reference to the exceptionally able.
Types of Provision
The class teacher is responsible for differentiation within the classroom. Tasks and resources are designed to take account of levels of existing knowledge, skills and understanding. It is recognised that unnecessary repetition of work is de-motivating.
This varies according to curricular area and/or specific talent, and is covered using a variety of methods such as:
Information is passed on the parent(s) of exceptionally able pupils with regard to the programmes at the Irish Centre for Talented Youth @DCU
This statement will apply from 21 January 2012
It will be reviewed in October 2013
Ratification and Communication
It was ratified by the BOM on 20 January 2012. The ratified statement will be uploaded to the website on by 27 January 2012.