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Higher Potential Learners

The Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS) is an accredited learning programme for young people. The programme develops the whole individual by offering recognition in four key areas - regular physical activity or challenge (Adventure) and is designed so that participants move from Bronze, to Silver and then to Gold with increasing levels of learning and challenge.


Our aim is to give young people positive reinforcement, confidence and a sense of achievement through monitoring and encouraging the student's progress through each component.


To enable more able children to achieve their full potential by:

• Close attention to the needs of the individual pupil through differentiation of tasks

• Careful monitoring of every child’s progress

• Ensuring there are high expectations of what pupils can achieve

• Encouraging children to think for themselves, to ask questions and to contribute ideas


Roles and Responsibilities

All class teachers are responsible for:

• Identifying high potential learners and encouraging them to realise their full potential

• Planning for and providing a range of open ended and challenging activities that enable high potential pupils to reach their full potential

• Monitoring the achievement of more able pupils in their class and notifying both the high potential coordinator/SLT if there is a concern

• Liaising with parents regarding implications of their child’s identification as high potential learners and explaining how their specific learning needs are being met


The Co-ordinator for High Potential Learners (Ms D Hunt) is responsible for:

• Using assessment records to flag up children who might be considered high potential learners

• Monitoring and reporting on provision for high potential learners

• Keeping an up-to-date register of high potential learners

• Acting as a Learning Mentor to the children on the high potential learners register.

• Advising staff on best practice in meeting the needs of high potential children

• Collating information from subject leaders regarding the provision for high potential pupils and including this in reports to the Governing Board.



Class teachers, sports coaches and music teachers use the checklist in Appendix 1 to identify children . This process is ongoing, throughout the academic year. The checklist is kept by the schools’ High Potential Learners Coordinator, in individual files.

Parents will be able to identify their children by reporting of achievements outside of school.

A register will be kept of HPLs and their ongoing achievements.



In school, meeting the needs of all learners is our priority. To this end, teachers ensure that they plan to meet the needs of more able pupils through the provision of open ended and challenging tasks across the whole curriculum. In addition to learning opportunities inside the classroom, children who have been identified as high potential learners will have a number of opportunities to access a variety of activities and opportunities organised by our High Potential Coordinator. Ham Dingle is a member of a cluster group of local schools which organise workshops throughout the year for more able pupils. In addition, Ham Dingle is a member of NACE (National Association for Able Children in Education) and provides opportunities tailored to the needs and strengths of our pupils.


Monitoring and Evaluation

The progress of all high potential learners is monitored by class teachers on a daily basis through their formative assessments. Subject leaders will monitor the provision for and work of all children identified as high potential learners in their particular curriculum areas. This will be reported to the Governing Board along with analyses of the performance of high potential learning children within each year group.

More formal monitoring takes place at the end of each half term through our whole school assessment cycle. At this point, any child whose progress causes concern will be flagged up. Regular Pupil Progress meetings are held with the Headteacher and High Potential Learners Co-ordinator when the progress and attainment of identified pupils is monitored and evaluated.

All children identified as high potential learners will have regular meetings with a Learning Mentor who will discuss their work with them and support the children both in setting/reviewing their own long term goals and in identifying the steps needed to achieve these. (Appendix 2) This approach is designed to develop the independence of high potential learners and encourage them to take ownership of the whole learning process, thus developing within them the intrapersonal skills they will need throughout their lives to enable them to motivate themselves and achieve their potential.



Identification Checklist


  • Does/is the child:
  • Achieve above the level normally expected for a child of their age group?
    If so, in what area?


  • Show an aptitude for sports, creative or performing arts that is well beyond the level expected for a child of their age?
    If so, in what area?


  • Learn quickly?


  • Choose unusual ways and methods of working?


  • Appreciate a sense of humour?


  • Capable of creative thinking and problem-solving?


  • Able to grasp and master new concepts quickly and without the need for repetition?


  • Not satisfied with the results achieved, aiming for perfection?


  • Have vivid and unusual imaginations?


  • Adept at finding patterns and relationships, reasoning, abstracting and generalising?


  • Produce correct answers to very complex questions intuitively; without having to write anything down? They often do not see the point of recording their methodology


  • Have a good memory


  • Respond positively to challenges


  • Easily frustrated, and resistant to repetitive tasks


  • Capable of higher order thinking skills, such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation




Learning Mentoring


My name is …




Long Term Goal: I would like to …



Steps I need to take to get there:



When did I achieve this?



Review 1




Review 2





Other achievements/events attended …