Most Able Learners


At Outwood Academy Adwick, we value academic excellence and we believe that the learning of all of our students should be personalised. All students should be challenged, inspired and empowered by learning. All of our classrooms should be engaging and inspiring places to learn.

It is well known that learners learn in different ways and our teachers accommodate these different learning styles in their lessons. Our most able learners are identified and their progress is monitored in order to make sure they are continually provided for and are reaching their true potential.

Most able learners are those students who show an outstanding ability in one specific subject or across a selection of subjects within the Academy community.

Who are most able learners?

Students who are most able will demonstrate achievement or the potential to achieve at the highest levels in comparison with children at a similar age or stage in their education.

How do we identify our able, most able learners?

We have a register of most able learners. Identification is based on quantitative and qualitative data and by specific departments who will recognise ability, giftedness and talents in their subjects. Our feeder schools maintain a record of most able students and this information is passed on to us at the KS2 to 3 transition stages. Those who achieve a level 5 at key stage 2 in subjects will automatically be put on the register.

Parents and carers will be notified throughout the year if their child is identified on the register. This register is a working document and names can be added or removed when it is reviewed.

Parents can also nominate their child through the nomination form on this page.

What provisions are in place for our most able?

The Academy provides activities and experiences to extend its most able pupils. This could be as part of the extensive enrichment programme that is offered to all students or specific activities, such as visits to universities and outside speakers.

Within the classroom, teachers use stretch and challenge activities and use our learning model to develop important skills such as communication, creativity, evaluation and independence. This will help our students to achieve their potential and develop key employability skills. Our curriculum model enables students to fast-track as appropriate, or opt for enrichment activities which give the opportunity to broaden and extend knowledge and skills. Most able learners are encouraged to develop leadership or mentoring roles within the classroom and within the whole Academy.

How is progress monitored?

All students are monitored through our rigorous ‘Praising Stars ©’ system and our intervention model. It is expected that all teachers will track the progress of most able students to ensure they are making excellent progress and are not underachieving. This is reported to parents every half term.

How can parents/carers help?

Parents and carers are asked to inform the Academy about talents or aptitudes of their children and to encourage them to participate in extra-curricular activities both in and out of the academy. If there are any concerns or queries about their child’s progress or identification, Miss Stockley, our lead teacher for most able learners and Associate Principal can be contacted. The flyer link to the right may also answer any queries parents may have.

Exceptionally Able

Exceptionally able students at Outwood Academy Adwick are those that achieved an average of 5b or higher at the end of KS2. As such, these students have GCSE target grades of A and A*. The Academy highlights these students to all teachers by compiling individual pen portraits in order to allow them to gain an insight into their interests, future aspirations and also how they like to learn. Some of these students also choose to utilise a bespoke reporting system which enables them to work with their subject teachers and identify what gaps they need to close in order to achieve higher grades. Exceptionally able students may also be targeted for subject specific intervention to work on higher order skills that can sometimes be harder to access in larger numbers during timetabled lessons. All most able students receive a ‘revision essentials’ workshop – arming them with useful hints, tips and quick wins in the run up to their exams.

Higher Education Partnership Work

Over the last year, Outwood Academy Adwick have been participating in Sheffield Hallam University’s Higher Education Progression Partnership (HEPP). This partnership has been developed between Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Sheffield and a range of schools, local authorities and employers within South Yorkshire. The aim of the HEPP is to raise student aspirations and encourage a wider participation in higher education.

Participating in the HEPP was a wonderful opportunity for our Year 10 and Year 11 students to access targeted after-Academy workshops that provide focussed information and activities relating to possible higher education study and career paths.

Students attend numerous after-Academy workshops and specific activity days in a variety of settings such as Magna Science Adventure Centre, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield. This culminates in an overnight residential stay towards the end of the year where students’ effort and progress are recognised and celebrated.

More information is available on the following websites:

Sheffield Hallam University