Gifted and Talented

Gifted and Talented learners are:

“... those children and young people with one or more abilities developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group (or with potential to develop those abilities).”

What is the difference between Gifted and Talented?

“Gifted learners have abilities in one or more subjects in the statutory school curriculum, other than art and design, music and PE.”

The National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC) has published a factsheet outlining the characteristics that a ‘gifted' child may exhibit. These include:

  • Early speech and extensive vocabulary
  • Good reasoning
  • Extremely curious
  • Wide general knowledge and interest in the world
  • Very retentive memory
  • Concentrates for long periods on subjects of interest
  • Enjoys problem-solving, often missing out the intermediate stages in an argument and making original connections
  • Highly creative
  • Facility with numbers

Talented’ learners have particular abilities in art and design, music, PE or performing arts such as dance and drama


Learners at The Malling School are identified as gifted and talented by a variety of methods, both quantitative and qualitative.  These are:

  • Teacher nomination
  • Feeder school nomination
  • Standardised, national test and assessment scores/levels: CATs scores of

129 in any one battery, high KS2/3 levels, GCSE average point score of 58 or more. (NAGC criteria 2007)

  • Subject specific data


In addition to their full entitlement to the National Curriculum, learners identified on the register and informally within the classroom will be given access to curriculum extension and enrichment within and outside the curriculum, particularly in the G/O stream classes.  An effective classroom environment will deliver pace, breadth and depth in teaching and learning and challenge through differentiation by content, learning process and outcome. The identified gifted and talented student(s) will normally work within their peer cohort, but specific opportunities may be provided for them to allow extra challenge to take place. When appropriate, accelerated learning or fast-track provision will enable gifted students to take a GCSE exam as early as Year 9, which has successfully happened in the past at The Malling School.  Extra-curricular provision for the more able is offered through activities such as competitions/tournaments, fixtures, performances and visits, to name a few, that are provided in-house and by external organisations.