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The Excellence Pathway: Supporting student progress

The Excellence Pathway at Uppingham Community College supports the progress of high-achieving students but also offers high expectations and opportunities for all students to thrive and excel. Clare Duffy explains
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The term “more able” (and previously “gifted and talented”) is used to identify a small cohort of students in school who are highly skilled or knowledgeable in a particular area.

At Uppingham Community College we have always identified our top 10% of students in each year academically and labelled them as our “more able” cohort.

However, this approach started to feel as if it went against our aim to develop a truly inclusive school culture. I have previously written in SecEd about our approach to developing independent learners and an inclusive culture (this latter article appearing in SecEd’s recent vulnerable learners supplement).

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