Stretch and Challenge
Introduction to Stretch and Challenge at Glyn School
What is Stretch and Challenge?
Stretch and Challenge is an umbrella term for a variety of provisions and strategies to support our most able students, including:
- Extension activities and differentiation within lessons and independent learning.
- Extra-curricular opportunities and enrichment sessions in many subjects.
- Year group specific trips and opportunities.
Stretch is targeted at Potential High Attainers and students who are identified as Talented in particular subjects.
Who are Potential High Attainers and Talented Students?
As a comprehensive school, at Glyn we believe in every student’s potential, we are also aware that students’ ability levels change over time and students develop intellectually at different times. Therefore, we choose not to use terms such as `Gifted` as we understand that students’ ability is not fixed and that even very able students need to work hard. We divide our more able students into two cohorts:
- Potential High Attainers (PHAs): these are students who have been identified as generally very able, across many subjects. Our expectation is that these students should achieve mainly Grade 8s and 9s in their GCSEs and A* grades at A level. These students will make applications to prestigious universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, LSE and Imperial College, competitive degree courses and degree level apprenticeships. This cohort is tracked separately and has access to enriched provision in addition to lessons, for example additional tutorial sessions.
- Talented students: these are students who have been identified as very able in one particular subject, or a small number of subjects. Our expectation is that these students should access all the Stretch and Challenge activities and extension work in the subjects where they have a particularly high skill or ability. For example, students identified as ‘Talented in Mathematics’ would be requested to complete Stretch activities in lessons and to attend a specialist problem-solving club after school.
PHA and Talented students are identified to staff via registers and also by `Stretch Me` stickers on their folders and exercise books:
How are PHA and Talented Students Identified?
PHA and Talented students are identified annually based on their prior attainment data, both their end of year average grade [EoY] and their performance in their last internal assessment exam. National standards suggest that `Gifted and Talented` students should make up around 5% of the total cohort, however as an Outstanding school with a very able intake we typically identify around 10% of each year group as PHA, with slightly more in Years 12 and 13.
PHA students are identified on standardised criteria. For 2016-2017 the criteria were:
Year 7: Students must have achieved a scaled score of 111 or above in their English and Maths Key Stage 2 assessments - national average is 100, maximum score is 120.
Year 8: Students must have achieved a minimum of four Grade 4 scores in either EoY or Interim Report 4 assessment in Year 7.
Year 9: Students must have achieved a minimum of five Grade 4 scores in either EoY, or six Grade 4 scores in their Interim Report 4 assessment in Year 8.
Year 10: Students must have achieved a minimum of three Grade 6 scores in either EoY (with a maximum of one Grade 3 or below), or three Grade 6 scores in their Interim Report 4 assessment in Year 9.
Year 11: Students must have achieved a minimum of four A*-A grades in their EOY, or Five A*-A grades in their Interim Report 4 assessment in Year 10.
Year 12: Students must have minimum expected grades [target grades] of A*AA. Target grades are produced from performance at GCSE.
Year 13: Students must have achieved a minimum of AAA in their AS level or Pre-Public Exams 3 (PPEs).
Talented students are identified on a standardised basis with each subject leader. Criteria for Talented status are as follows:
Year 7: In English and Maths a scaled mark score of 111 or above in Key Stage 2 assessments. In all other subjects, performance in initial levelling assessments.
Year 8: Obtaining a Grade 4 or above in EoY, or Interim Report 4 in Year 7.
Year 9: Obtaining a Grade 5 or above in EoY, or Interim Report 4 in Year 8.
Year 10: Obtaining a Grade 6 or above in EoY, or Interim Report 4 in Year 9.
Year 11: Obtaining a Grade 7 or above in EoY, or Interim Report 4 in Year 10.
Year 12: Obtaining an A* in the subject at GCSE, or high performance in initial levelling assessments.
Year 13: Obtaining an A* or A in the subject in AS level, or Pre-Public Exams 3 (PPEs).
PHA and Talented cohorts are routinely updated at the end of each term and, where appropriate, students can be added into the groups based on their performance.
Where can I get details of Stretch and Challenge provision for my son or daughter?
Stretch provision is targeted, but in most cases not exclusive. Details of provision by year group are available as follows:
I have a concern or question about Stretch provision - Who should I contact?
If the query is subject specific, in the first instance please contact the Head of Subject or Head of Faculty, as appropriate.
If the query is of a more general nature, please contact Mr A Thirkill via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr A Thirkill, Lead Practitioner for Key Stage 5 and Stretch and Challenge