Policy for Exceptionally Able Students
Luttrellstown Community College
Draft Policy for Exceptionally Able Students 2009
Exceptionally Able Students
Definition"Pupils who are exceptionally able or talented are those who have demonstrated their capacity to achieve high performance on one or more of the following areas:
Legal FrameworkThe Education Act (1998) obliges schools to meet special educational needs of all students including the exceptionally able.
Policy Statement from Luttrellstown Community CollegeAt Luttrellstown Community College we are committed to providing an environment, which encourages all students to maximise their potential. We will have high expectations for all our students with regard to achievement in all areas of school life. Our school culture will acknowledge, value and celebrate excellence.
We aim to:
Curriculum PlanningWe are committed to Continuous Professional Development to ensure that subject department planning meetings emphasise the importance of creating an environment and activities that allow the exceptionally able the opportunity to engage in higher order thinking. Students involved in higher order thinking skills will transform information by manipulating facts and ideas to make interpretations, hypothesise, synthesise, generalise and in so doing gain greater understanding and discover new meaning. Students become active participants in their own learning and continuously challenge themselves to maximise their potential.
Continuous Professional Development will emphasise
The following approaches may be adapted to support and challenge gifted students.
Extra ResourcesCTYI Dublin City University, Dublin 9 01 7005634
The Centre for talented youth in Ireland works with students of exceptional ability. They identify high ability students in Ireland though annual talent searches. They provide services for these students including Saturday Classes, residential summer programmes, correspondence courses and discover days. They give support to parents and teachers and continuously carry out research in this area.