students With High Learning Potential

WHAT DOES ‘ high learning potential’ (HLP) MEAN?

There are students with high learning potential in every year group in every school. The government defines gifted and talented students as, “those children who are achieving, or who have the potential to achieve, at a level substantially beyond the rest of their peer group.”

At Ridgeway Secondary School, we use the term ‘high learning potential’ to describe students who have the ability to excel in individual academic subjects such as Maths, English or History.

Our definition is ‘ those students whose outstanding ability is so evident that teachers seek to develop specific strategies to cope with their ability.’

WHAT IS A HIGH LEARNING POTENTIAL (HLP) REGISTER?

The register lists the children who have been identified by the school as having high learning potential in each year group. It also indicates the areas in which they have potential and HLP plans will be developed to help staff to target the individual learning needs of these children.

Schools are not required to keep a register of students with HLP  but here at Ridgeway, we feel it is important to challenge all of our students to their full potential.

HOW DO SCHOOLS DECIDE WHO IS ON THE HIGH LEARNING POTENTIAL REGISTER?

It is up to individual schools to decide how best to identify their students with high learning potential.  However, national guidance suggests that schools are likely to obtain the best results by drawing on a wide range of information sources, including both qualitative and quantitative information.

For some students, we use a formula which takes into account students’ Key Stage 2 SAT results in year 6, and of course their current assessments in every subject. As they move through the school, their teachers’ assessments gain more weight in this judgment.

FOR HOW LONG WILL A student REMAIN ON THE REGISTER?

Most schools update their registers on an annual basis and students are usually placed on the register for a specific period of time, for example a school year. Although many students who are identified will continue to make progress as expected, levels of ability are not fixed and may develop significantly over time. The stage at which high potential is demonstrated varies from one child to another. Inclusion on the high learning potential register is a flexible process which reflects the current needs and relative abilities of individual students.

Parents/ carers will be notified by letter should their child be placed on the register for that year.