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Aiming for the top: Teaching high-performing students

Supporting and challenging more able students and students with high prior attainment is essential. With a focus on science – but with some ideas that all subjects can adapt – Helen Webb offers a range of strategies

One of our current whole-school priorities is to support and challenge our more able students and students with high prior attainment (HPA). As such, this became a focus for our recent science faculty review.

However, many staff were unclear what the school’s expectations were regarding appropriate strategies and support for this particular group of students and consequently were anxious about the upcoming learning walks and lesson observations.

In response to this I created and shared a written document with a variety of strategies and ideas that many staff were currently using in the faculty to support and challenge students with HPA.

Providing staff with written documentation such as this aimed to:

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