Most Able Programme (M.A.P.)
‘The opportunity to rise to every challenge.
The chance to be the best that you can be now and in the future.’
How are Most Able students identified?
On entry to the Academy, Key Stage 2 data classifies students into three categories of learners:
- Middle and
Most Able students are those that meet the ‘Higher’ category. Within our Academy all MA students are identified by a Gold Star badge worn on student blazers. Students are also set an MLG target of A* for all subjects and placed on the Academy’s More Able Register in the following ways.
- Whole Academy: To be known as the More Able Group. The students named on the Whole School Most Able Register will be those categorised as ‘Higher’ in Raise on-line and DFE KS2 Data set and will have the highest target for all 8 of their GCSE subjects in future years.
- Department: To be known as the More Able + group. This group are the ‘Higher’ students as mentioned above plus any students identified as Most Able in individual subjects. Each department creates and maintain a list of students who they deem to be More Able in their subject.
How are our MA students challenged?
All staff within the academy are responsible for ensuring that our Most Able students are stretched and challenged in lessons by using a range of strategies such as: deep questioning, extended and differentiated tasks and challenging class discussions which promote critical thinking and enhances problem solving skills.
In September 2016 we launched the idea of ‘struggle’ into all lessons across the curriculum. All staff are expected to direct MA students to task(s) which provide an opportunity for high challenge and student independence. Students are also encouraged to develop their student leadership skills by teaching a part of the lesson or leading on a group task.
How do we monitor and track progress?
A tracker is created at the start of the academic year and updated regularly. Students are closely tracked every term to ensure students make expected levels of progress and achieve their yearly targets. Any students identified as underperforming are supported through a personalised intervention programme addressing their areas of development. Students are set personalised targets to work on throughout the term to secure high attainment and achievement.
Reflection is an important part of our teaching practice to ensure that we provide the best learning experience possible for our young people.
Once every term, staff are observed and required to complete a Self-Evaluation form to reflect on their practice. This leads to a discussion on what additional strategies can be used to stretch our students further. Outstanding practice captured through observations and learning walks are shared through staff training sessions.
Most Able Programme
All MA students in years 7 and 8 are closely tracked, mentored and begin a M.A.P Passport in the spring term which aims to harness students’ ability in order to provide them with extended opportunities in preparation for higher education.
This year we also launched HAMD Ted Talks which are mini conferences that expose our students to alternative lecture style topics which inform and educate them about the world around them and the endless opportunities that are on offer in the future.
Students in years 9, 10 and 11 are selected to participate in the Harris Experience programme run by our Federation. The programme provides excellent opportunities for students to be stretched and challenged, to become more culturally aware and exposed to a wealth of future study and career options. Across the year students participate in lectures, visit Russell Group Universities and go on trips to places such as the Royal Opera House and Christies Auction House.