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Some children will have exceptional

abilities and talents

In Wales, the term ‘Children who are ‘More Able and Talented’ has become the term most commonly used to describe children whose level of ability is such that they require opportunities for enrichment and extension to enable them to develop their talents.


The DCSF guidance suggests adopting the following definition for ‘More Able and Talented’, which identifies 

  • “gifted” learners as those who have abilities in one or more subjects in the statutory school curriculum other than art and design, music and PE;.

  • “talented” learners as those who have abilities in art and design, music, PE, or performing arts such as dance and drama


The Welsh Assembly has adopted the term ‘More Able and Talented’ to describe pupils who require opportunities for enrichment and extension that go beyond those provided for the general cohort of pupils. The term ‘More Able and Talented’ encompasses pupils who are more able across the curriculum as well as those who show talent in one or more specific areas and strengths in leadership, team working and entrepreneurial skills. In Wales, the term ‘More Able and Talented’ encompasses approximately 20% of the total school population. In every school, there will be a group of pupils who require greater breadth and depth of learning activities than is normally provided for the usual cohort of learners. Ability and talent can manifest itself in many different ways, e.g. academic, practical, creative and social fields of human activity.

Our MAT students at Ysgol Uwchradd Caergybi gain some of the highest grades and move onto some of the very best universities. At our school, we are committed to providing these very able students with the best stretch and challenge in lessons and enrichment activities that these bright young people need in order to exceed their potential.

Identifying Strategies

We identify general More Able students as they enter Ysgol Uwchradd Caergybi in Year 7 by an analysis of both their National Curriculum Levels, National Literacy and Numeracy Test Results and information from the Primary schools. Each subject then has its own subject MAT registers that highlight the talented pupils in their subject area.


How can parents help their child?

  • Set aside time each day to talk with your child.

  • Help your child learn self-organisation and time management through the effective use of your child's diary.

  • Encourage your child to try new activities by joining the plethora of extracurricular activities that are offered by the school.

  • Enrich your child experiences by encouraging visits eg art galleries, museums, sports centres.

  • Stimulate interest by encouraging your child to use the resources at home eg internet, books, maps, watching programs/films.

  • Provide opportunities for your child to meet with children who share the same interests eg by joining local clubs and societies.

  • Encourage your child, if the opportunity arises, to attend workshops, masterclasses and lectures at university.

  • Contact the school if there are questions or concerns regarding your child.

  • Make sure your child has the opportunity to relax, enjoy and have leisure time!

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