All it takes is a spark...and pupils will ‘catch fire’ intellectually

A two-tier approach to academic enrichment – focused on both the whole school and the more able pupils – would ignite students’ curiosity and let them take ownership of their learning, says Natasha Fenwick

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All of us like to think that we are pushing our students intellectually. But when we do, we tend to call it something different: enrichment, extension, acceleration, gifted and talented, stretch, challenge … and so on. The types of pupil who have access to these extra interventions also differ from school to school: in some schools, interventions are provided for the higher-attainers only; in others, they are aimed at those who meet a complex set of specifications of different measures; and, in some instances, they are open to all.

What these interventions look like can be incredibly varied, ...

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