Structure and Content
The GSA's best practice is to work with students through a progression process, so we aim to work with the same students as they progress from Year 9, into Key Stage 4, take their GCSE’s and onto Further Education, or until they leave their school.
We will support and guide them on this journey, providing them with an amazing set of skills, tools and models to help them to achieve their full potential; academically, socially and professionally, delivered in an experiential and engaging manner.
We will work in partnership with the school to:
- deliver a series of student workshop to meet your specific needs
- provide ongoing support, guidance and coaching for both the students and the Gifted and Talented Co-ordinators
- make best use of a portfolio of tools, guides and worksheets provided to each student
- access and take full advantage of the ‘Gifted Students Academy’ website, including;
- Resources, guides and tools
- News and updates
- Networking opportunities with all Academy students throughout England
In addition The Academy will facilitate an annual Gifted and Talented Co-ordinators event, with opportunities to share expertise, develop new resources and approaches, access support and guidance.
Typically, a school or cluster will
begin the Academy with their Year 9 students only. When these students progress onto the
next academic year a new support package for Year 10 will be required, in
addition to a package for the new Year 9 students.
The school will be allocated a lead facilitator with whom they develop a long term relationship. The facilitator will learn about and understand the school and their students’ needs, adapting and delivering workshops and programmes of support and guidance to best meet the specific and unique requirements of their students and staff.
The Academy encourages and supports schools to work in collaboration with other secondary schools in their cluster, bringing together gifted students from a number of schools for workshops and events.
A further resource will also made available for the parents of the students participating in the Gifted Students Academy; this will most likely be in the form of workshop and ongoing guidance and support. This may be provided by a partner organisation such the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC).