More Able students
What does More Able (MA) mean?
Being identified as a more able student is a great achievement. The Department of Education and Ofsted define the more able in terms of those whose progress significantly exceeds age related expectations. However, NACE looks beyond actual progress to include those who may be underachieving or whose skills and knowledge may extend beyond the school’s measures of progress and curriculum. Students are identified for the More Able program through the use of school data.
How do we support MA students?
At Fullhurst, we pride ourselves in ensuring that every individual student has the opportunity to achieve their full potential. More able students are predominately supported by their subject teachers providing greater challenges in lessons through more complex and open-ended tasks and flexible learning strategies.
We offer an extra-curriculur MA Club on a Monday after college designed to ensure that we challenge students whose targets exceed expectations to broaden their understanding and help them achieve their full potential. Students have the opportunity to explore topics and subjects they may not previously had access to in a friendly, dynamic and challenging environment So far this year, we have created our own games, learnt an introduction to psychology and explored historical debates around the Holocaust. Parents receive additional updates as to their son/daughter’s progress in each department after each assessment week in college.
Benefits of MA Club
- Students have access to information / topics that are outside the curriculum.
- They can explore things that they enjoy doing.
- Students suggest topics / subjects to study at MA Club.
- Students have the opportunity to host open evenings as student ambassadors.
- MA students will get the opportunity to go on exclusive trips.
MA club is an amazing learning curve. We study literary pieces, famous historical events and advanced computing skills. Experience from working with other adolescents is key and can be very influential upon academic work. I've also met other students socially. Year 8 student
MA club is a club for students that are more able to do things than others. It gives you the opportunity to learn additional subjects outside of the curriculum on Mondays after college. So far we have created a PowerPoint in a different language as an introduction to that language, studied the Holocaust, a year 9 student lead a lesson and taught us how to create a game using Scratch and we are now producing our own original board or computer game. The club has helped me to meet more students and apply knowledge. I've gained skills that will be useful in the future. Year 7 student
How can I support my child?
- Help your child to organise their time.
- Encourage use of local facilities such as the library.
- Organise visits to museums, science centres and art galleries.
- Encourage discussion and debate in the home.
- Demonstrate pride in achievement.