The School: Supporting your child

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 ‘More Able’ – What does this mean at The Bulmershe School?

The Bulmershe School aims to allow all students to achieve their full potential. As a result of this vision, the school’s most academically gifted cohort has been identified using all available information and data.

The school is committed to increasing the opportunities available for this group of students. As well as having opportunities to be stretched and challenged within lessons, throughout the year they will be offered a chance to take part in a range of activities centred on enhancing their skills. These may include trips, competitions, discussion groups, presentations, visits to other schools, careers advice, conferences etc.  Departments will contact you as these opportunities arise.

So what does this mean in reality? How can parents help and support?

The first rule is ‘know what you’re dealing with’. Gifted learners share some common characteristics. They are as follows:

  • They learn more quickly.
  • They ask searching questions.
  • They challenge accepted theories.
  • They are autonomous learners.
  • Divergent thinkers – they look for the unusual.
  • They often display a keen sense of humour.
  • They have a vivid imagination.

It is also good to know the signs that there is underachievement. These are as follows:

  • High quality oral work but poor written work.
  • Poor test results but asks searching questions.
  • Dislike of routine work – often unfinished.
  • Creative interests or hobbies outside school but not reflected inside school.
  • Disruptive behaviour in some lessons but not in others where work is challenging.
  • Low self-esteem or highly self-critical.
  • Hostile to authority and able to articulate this.

How else can you, as a parent, support?

Follow Your Child's Lead

What does your child enjoy? What does your child seem to be good at? Provide opportunities for your child to work with things he or she enjoys and excels in. For example, if your child loves dinosaurs, get books about dinosaurs, fiction and non-fiction. Get games and puzzles about dinosaurs. Go and see dinosaurs at museums. If your child is good at music or a sport, provide opportunities for him or her to learn an instrument or play a sport

Expand Your Child's Interests

While it's important to provide opportunities for your child to work within his or her interests and strengths; it is also important to expose your child to new things. Children only know what they have been exposed to, so if they've never been exposed to music, they may not know whether they like it or are good at it. Children need not be forced to try new things, but they should be encouraged. It is not forcing a child, however, to insist that they not quit something after two days.

Be Creative

More Able children like to think ‘outside the box’. Asking questions with no answer is the best way to practise. For example; ‘What colour is Monday?’ ‘What is heavier, a lie or a promise?’

Russell Group Universities ask such questions to see a candidate’s ability to explore, imagine, synthesize and justify arguments.

Look for Outside Activities

Many towns offer classes for children, as do museums, zoos, community theatres and many universities. In addition, most regions have places of historical interest. If you are unsure of what is available in your area, you can call or visit the nearest tourist information centre.

Keep a Variety of Resources at Home

These resources need not be expensive or elaborate. They just need to allow your gifted child to develop his or her interests or get exposed to new ones. For example, to encourage artistic talent, all you need initially are simple paint brushes and a paint box, plain white paper, crayons, and other basic supplies. It's not difficult to create boxes of such materials for your child to use whenever he or she is interested.

Encourage Aspiration

More Able children are potential leaders of tomorrow

What could you do to help them get there?

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