GATE Parent Evening


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Information evening held for parents of students on the GATE register at Cockle Bay School

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GATE Parent Evening

  1. 1. Gifted and Talented Provision at Cockle Bay School 2009 Parent Survey Result 104 parents received the survey and 70.2% replied
  2. 2. Children and their learning is the focus of Cockle Bay School The self esteem and individuality of each child is important. They will be provided with opportunities to develop their initiative, independence and strengths. CBS Charter - Core Beliefs
  3. 3. Background Information <ul><li>Have we got it right; catering for gifted students by using cluster groupings. </li></ul><ul><li>Gaye Gallagher research and recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Recent Survey </li></ul><ul><li>104 parents received the survey and 73 replied. This was a 70.2% response. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Policy Statement Have you read the school’s Gifted and Talented Policy? Of those who responded 40% replied ‘yes’ 60% replied ‘no’.
  5. 5. Policy Statement DEFINITION Gifted and Talented children at Cockle Bay School are those who have talents or abilities or potential in one or more area where achievement is significantly higher than their cohort group. EXPLANATION Making ongoing provision for Gifted and Talented children is a matter of equity. It will help them to reach their optimum development and achieve emotional, physical and intellectual well being. Children with significant abilities can demonstrate a combination of outstanding ability and commitment in comparison with their peers. They often view their world in an original way and are able to offer divergent solutions to problems.
  6. 6. Registry <ul><li>Are you aware your child is on the Cockle Bay School Gifted and Talented Registry? </li></ul><ul><li>Of those who responded 36% replied ‘yes’ </li></ul><ul><li> 64% replied ‘no’. </li></ul>1 GATE coordinator told us 1 We ‘presumed’ our child was 1 We asked the teacher 3 We have had our child tested 6 I was formally informed my child was on the GATE registry 11 My child was included in programmes I knew were GATE programmes Number received Comment
  7. 7. Communication <ul><li>Of those who replied ‘yes’ 20% had been told by the class teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>Of those who responded ‘no’ the majority of parents were pleased and proud but would have liked to have known. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Identification <ul><li>Are you aware of the process the school uses for identifying gifted and talented students? </li></ul><ul><li>Of those who responded 10% replied ‘yes’ </li></ul><ul><li> 86% replied ‘no’. </li></ul><ul><li>Are you aware the identification process is ongoing, but specifically updated two times per year in March and October? </li></ul><ul><li>Of those who responded 7% replied ‘yes’ </li></ul><ul><li> 93% replied ‘no’ </li></ul>
  9. 9. Website Have you visited the school website to find out how Cockle Bay School caters for the needs of our Gifted and Talented Students? Of those who responded 44% replied ‘yes’ 56% replied ‘no’.
  10. 10. Opportunities <ul><li>Are you aware of the opportunities offered by Cockle Bay School for identified Gifted and Talented students? </li></ul><ul><li>Of those who responded 22% replied ‘yes’ </li></ul><ul><li> 78% replied ‘no’. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Cluster Grouping Do you understand the meaning of the term ‘ cluster grouping’ that we are currently using when placing children in classes? Of those who responded 44% replied ‘yes’ 56% replied ‘no’ What is cluster grouping at Cockle Bay?
  12. 12. Differentiated Learning <ul><li>Do you understand the meaning of the term ‘differentiated curriculum’? </li></ul><ul><li>Of those who responded 36% replied ‘yes’ </li></ul><ul><li> 64% replied ‘no’. </li></ul>
  13. 13. What is Differentiated Learning? At its most basic level, differentiating instruction means “shaking up” what goes on in the classroom so that students have multiple options for taking in information, making sense of ideas and expressing what they learn. Differentiation is teaching with planned intentionality to ensure maximum growth of each learner in , and hopefully beyond , essential learning outcomes.
  14. 14. What is Differentiated Learning? Process: Differentiating the opportunities for learners to process the content, ideas or skills which have been introduced. In school usually the activity choice. A sense making activity. Content: Diffentiating in response to a child’s readiness level, interests, or learning profile. Product: A long term endeavour to help students rethink, use and extend what they have learned over a period of time. Choice, even guided choice if necessary.
  15. 15. What have we been doing this year? <ul><li>School wide professional development </li></ul><ul><li>Carol Anne Tomlinson course </li></ul><ul><li>Reach Education Papers (3 staff) </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Meetings </li></ul>
  16. 16. Questions???