“If we say that all people look at the world through a lens, with some lenses cloudy or distorted, some clear, and some magnified, we might say that gifted individuals view the world through a microscope lens and the highly gifted view it through an electron microscope. They see ordinary things in very different ways and often see what others simply cannot see.” Linda Silverman
'Gifted' generally refers to the top 5% of the school population in academic subjects and 'talented' to the top 5% in other subjects. Experience in secondary schools has shown that the terms apply to 40% of pupils in at least one area. Nor do the terms relate entirely to mainstream academic subjects. They can refer to ability in such things as expressive arts, sport and music.
At St Francis Xavier we are working to a clear Gifted and Talented development plan with the overall aim:
“To give more able pupils the opportunity to develop spiritually, academically and socially by employing internal and national strategies designed to help each pupil realise their full potential.”
In order to achieve this aim the Gifted & Talented Facilitator works with all departments to identify more able students to ensure that their personalised learning is both fulfilling and challenging. Classes are observed to ensure all students are suitably engaged; visits and trips are arranged to extend learning and to explore options after GCSE’s.