School Advice Sheets - Identification of High Potential Learners

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How should you approach identification of high potential learners? Potential Plus UK’s school advice sheets offer information about good practice regarding children with high learning potential. The following advice sheets help frame key questions to consider, and offer help in identifying common characteristics and profiles of high potential learners.

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S101 – Approaches to Identification of High Potential Learners

Most schools understand why they should identify their high potential learners and that its importance goes beyond providing meaningful challenge for these children. Schools may struggle with exactly how they should identify this cohort. This advice sheet provides information and guidance for lead teachers and senior leadership team members on both the why and the how.

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S102 – Identification of High Potential Learners: Sources of Evidence

This advice sheet provides teachers and others within the education environment with information about the strengths and limitations of a variety of different sources of evidence that can be used to identify high potential learners.

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S103 – Identification of High Potential Learners: Key Questions to Consider

This advice sheet is aimed at lead teachers and senior leadership with responsibility for the identification of high potential learners regardless of school phase. It gives guidance about questions to consider when writing or reviewing a whole school inclusion or high learning potential policy.

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S104 – Characteristics of High Potential Learners

High potential learners share some common characteristics that have been researched by Dr Linda Silverman of the Gifted Development Center in the USA. This advice sheet outlines these characteristics and the research, as well as providing explanations about the individual traits. It is aimed at teachers in early years’ settings, primary and secondary schools, as well as lead teachers and senior leaders.

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S105 – Checklist of Characteristics of High Potential Learners

High potential learners share some common characteristics that have been researched by Dr Linda Silverman of the Gifted Development Center in the USA. This checklist builds on the information provided in S104 Characteristics of High Potential Learners. It is aimed lead teachers and class teachers in all school phases. The checklist is meant as one of the tools in a school’s kit when considering how to identify their high potential learners.

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S106 – Profiles of High Potential Learners

In 1988, following extensive research in gifted education, Maureen Neihart and George Betts proposed six profiles of children with high learning potential. The profiles have been widely used in supporting high learning potential children and more recently (2010) they have been revised based on the authors’ experiences in the intervening years. This advice sheet is aimed at educators who want to find out more information about high learning potential or looking for ways to support and provide for high potential learners in the classroom.

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S107 – Identification of High Potential Learners in the Early Years

This advice sheet is aimed at practitioners in the Early Years and provides information on the characteristics and behaviours to look out for when considering high potential learners. It also gives a framework for observing and evidencing the abilities and strengths of these children.

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S108 – Identification of High Potential Learners in the Primary Years

This advice sheet builds on the information provided in S101 Approaches to Identification of High Potential Learners and S102 Identification of High Potential Learners: Sources of Evidence and offers additional guidance that is of specific use in the primary years. This advice sheet is therefore aimed at classroom teachers, lead teachers and senior leadership teams in the primary phase.

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S109 – Identification of High Potential Learners in the Secondary Years

This advice sheet builds on the information provided in S101 Approaches to Identification of High Potential Learners and S102 Identification of High Potential Learners: Sources of Evidence and offers additional guidance that has specific application in the secondary years. This advice sheet is therefore aimed at classroom teachers, subject coordinators, lead teachers and senior leadership teams in the secondary phase.

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S110 – Identifying High Potential Underachievers

It is widely acknowledged that there is significant underachievement among high potential learners, and that gaps exist between the progress, achievement and attainment of some of the most disadvantaged groups and their peers. This advice sheet is aimed those with responsibility for high learning potential in all school stages and gives guidance about identifying high potential learners who are underachieving.

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