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Gifted and talented and highly able children

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We all think our children are amazing, but how do you know if your child is truly exceptional? Whether their school describes them as gifted and talented, more able, or of high learning potential, we explain what being "more able" means for your child.

This section of the site has lots of information and advice to help you spot the signs of a gifted learner, understand what it means to have a highly able child, find out how they might be provided for at school, and give you ideas for supporting high achievers at home.

We also explain more about how your highly able child might demonstrate excellence in different subjects, and what enrichment is.


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Could your child be gifted?
Does your child excel in academic subjects, on the sports field or with a musical instrument? We take a look at how to tell if they are exceptionally able – or just bright.
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What is enrichment?
Education is more than just mastering English and maths - it's also about activities that extend children's learning through new experiences and opportunities. We take a look at how enrichment benefits primary school kids.
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Gifted and talented: your questions answered
If you've been told your child is highly able, you'll have lots of questions. We asked the experts to explain what to expect.


Summer brain-boosting challenges learning pack
Summer brain-boosting challenges
Juggle fruit. Work on the technology of the future. Plot and design a lost city, create a zoo of invented animals, learn to talk sdrawkcab and bake a pizza clock and a pastry map. How many of our wonderful brain-boosting challenges can you fit into your summer? All you need are some art materials, imagination and an enquiring mind to have a go at a whole host of practical and reflective activities, suitable for primary-school children (and parents, of course). Have fun!
Y6 SATs enrichment activities, TheSchoolRun
Y6 SATs enrichment activities
SATs have become synonymous with drilling and fact-based learning and children can find them boring and sometimes even demoralising to prepare for. This learning pack is a collection of enrichment activities aimed at getting children to use their imaginations and think about test management and success in a very different way.
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Gifted and talented learning activities

Looking for some really original, exciting learning activities to try out at home? Our Gifted and talented pack presents 30 fascinating, involving projects to get stuck into, all linked to the national curriculum for 5- to 11-year-olds and designed to get your child (and you!) thinking, creating and loving learning.

Year group challenge learning packs

You'll find English and maths activities to challenge more able learners in TheSchoolRun's Challenge Packs. Each one is packed with puzzles and learning fun and designed to stretch your child and offer them the opportunity to explore their year-group topics in greater depth.