Do schools tell parents if they put a child on the register

(7 Posts)
ThatsSoNambyPamby Fri 13-Jun-14 05:49:00

The school have not mentioned putting my DS on it but should I ask them to? He got level 4a at the end of year 4 in all subjects? What would him being on the register do? Apparently it was only him and 4 others who got that level.

Cheryzan Fri 13-Jun-14 05:55:46

They may or may not have a G&T register. It's no longer compulsory to.

They may or may not tell you if he is on the register.

He's in a group of 5 kids at the same level. So it should be very easy for them to teach them.

I wouldn't mention it. If you're concerned he's not being challenged you raise your concerns then. But a 4a in Y5 will be easy to challenge.

ThatsSoNambyPamby Fri 13-Jun-14 06:05:24

Thanks. Would that level be considered g and t? Fine if not, I just wondered. They are giving him year 6 maths so are challenging him, plus Shakespeare play analysis in literacy.

Cheryzan Fri 13-Jun-14 06:24:44

G&T used to be defined as top 10% of the cohort. So top 5 out of 60 would be, but top 5 out of 30 wouldn't be.

But it no longer has any defn or legal requirement at all so school are free to do whatever they want to.

Do you realise that a level 4 isn't actually a Y6 level? It's Y6 level for kids who are in track to get Cs at GCSE. It's Y4 level for kids who are in track to get As at GCSE.

ThatsSoNambyPamby Fri 13-Jun-14 12:08:00

Thanks. So top 4 out of 75 is g and t then? I don't really mind what maths he is doing to be honest as long as they are making sure he is making progress and isn't getting bored.

LittleMissGreen Mon 16-Jun-14 10:08:56

at one point the government ensured that school's had to have a G&T list that named the top 10% of pupils. i.e. 3 pupils in every class of 30. In reality this is nonsensical as depending on a child's cohort depended if they were classified as G&T - an average child in a 'low ability' cohort became G&T, whilst a very bright child in an 'exceptional' cohort would not be. So the top 10% criteria was removed and schools could decide their own G&T selection criteria.
Within our school there are two lists MAT (More able and talented) and a 'true' G&T list. The G&T list has 1-2 children on it, children who are working several years above their peers e.g. a year 4 child working at a level 6. Sometimes this list is empty.
MAT has children who are working above their cohort so need differentiated work, maybe one or two per class usually they may be working with the class above. If they were in a larger school (we have about 100 pupils so only 15 children per year group) they would have other children working at their level and wouldn't need splitting out. Being on the MAT list they get an IEP and extension work to ensure they stay challenged.
However, as I say every school is now different. It sounds like your school is differentiating for your child whether they are or aren't on a nominal list, which is the whole reason for having a list in the first place.

iseenodust Mon 16-Jun-14 14:24:59

We got a letter from school advising us and offering us a meeting with the SENCO. We didn't bother with a meeting as we knew the class teachers were differentiating and the SENCO was a NQT.

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