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21/10/20

We were delighted to award our first set of achievement badges this term. Read more here: https://t.co/Um0T4dTPuI https://t.co/G6Ty4WZR8c

21/10/20

Our students learn together and grow together - we are the only 11-16 co-ed school in Didcot and are ambitious for educational success for all our learners. https://t.co/yugtipMQ4a https://t.co/3hfzOGMuT2

21/10/20

Free Python training available for adults and students! This highly recommended day of FREE interactive training is delivered by coding experts in a way that's easy to understand regardless of background and level of knowledge - for more information go to https://t.co/OPpRQEPn2K

20/10/20

Joining a new school is exciting and challenging. We work closely with partner schools, parents and carers to create a smooth transition, ensuring that students are fully prepared to begin their journey. https://t.co/ltb9Pot6Xx https://t.co/1nn3ltO1Nx

19/10/20

Our scholars programme ensures our students are ready for post-16 studies and have a pathway to Russell Group of Oxbridge Universities or vocational and technical opportunities. https://t.co/ijOlPgeMbq https://t.co/Xk5ciRcicy

16/10/20

We are proud to be taking part in the UCL Beacon School in Holocaust Education Programme, improving the quality of teaching and learning about the Holocaust. https://t.co/4IBbRmaEQM https://t.co/bqFPKvq60S

15/10/20

We are a values-based school. We believe it is equally important for our young people to be academically capable as well as emotionally literate, well-rounded individuals who are highly-employable global citizens. https://t.co/iTS4Ak4n8l https://t.co/CTy11TpAif

15/10/20

The leadership team are thanking all staff today with a coffee and KitKat delivery in these wonderful travel mugs kindly donated by https://t.co/S1kyU7yoTI

13/10/20

What age can my child start social networking? This is a very useful guide to the age limits for the various social media platforms: https://t.co/rA2zq3ZHcI https://t.co/91Gp29coV2

13/10/20

9A are learning to conjugate regular AR verbs in the present tense using a board game in Spanish today, making it fun and interactive! https://t.co/RtN34Ga2gN

12/10/20

Our school is brand new with state-of-the-art facilities, ensuring students have the resources and skills they need to achieve great things. https://t.co/zWUcIreZ9o https://t.co/HWybNXnVLL

12/10/20

Retweeted From Aureus School

We are seeking a dedicated and enthusiastic Cover Supervisor to join our growing team. Interested? Find out more and apply online: https://t.co/7toEGOpfsI https://t.co/XkNlDocDnE

12/10/20

Calling all Y10's, exciting opportunities to have an insight regarding STEM careers in and around Oxford. Sign up by 14th October and be part of a virtual experience during October half term. https://t.co/hmdpCq8BAa

10/10/20

Retweeted From YoungMinds

Start your by telling yourself these affirmations by our Activist Maya 💛 https://t.co/euDYuVhqnz

09/10/20

Are you interested in training to be a teacher? Sign up with GLF! https://t.co/pCKnh3R6bI https://t.co/N0Cx8CNP9b

08/10/20

We are seeking a dedicated and enthusiastic Cover Supervisor to join our growing team. Interested? Find out more and apply online: https://t.co/7toEGOpfsI https://t.co/XkNlDocDnE

07/10/20

Our Year 10's Drama students are developing their devised pieces for component one of their GCSE course; exploring 4 different stimuli and choosing one to base their drama on. https://t.co/JwA2QUNsym

07/10/20

As a STEAM specialist school, we collaborate with local science hubs and offer dedicated STEAM days throughout the year, creating opportunities for all our learners. https://t.co/3LbSWiw48d https://t.co/urCecyVGTJ

07/10/20

Combining Biology and Art - get creative and take part in the BioArtAttack competition! https://t.co/kFJn3yzZaD

06/10/20

We offer an ambitious curriculum so that students can gain experience in a range of subjects and to enable them to achieve greatness. https://t.co/yugtipMQ4a https://t.co/Z8bJAADbat

More Able

Our inclusive ethos enables all children to be challenged in every lesson in every subject. We believe that challenge and support is just as important for more able as for lower prior attainers. We build on prior attainment and develop deep knowledge in order to build confidence and depth of understanding in high prior attaining students. Within this, we also recognise the need to develop and support high attainers with SEND and who are eligible for the Pupil Premium grant.

How do we identify More Able students?

At Aureus, the More Able are identified using a mixture of this three part process:

  1. Analysis of KS2 entry data - if a student has attained a high scaled score in either English and Mathematics or in both Literacy and Mathematics, they are identified as More Able/High Prior Attainment;
  2. Ongoing attainment/teacher assessment - if students continue to meet and exceed attainment levels appropriate to their age;
  3. Ongoing assessment in subjects outside of the core subjects may lead to More Able status in a particular subject.

We support the More Able in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, the following:

In class differentiation/personalisation
Our quality first teaching pledge applies to students of all abilities. It is an expectation that we will aim high with the content of our curriculum and ensure it is accessible and challenging for all. Lessons will include:

  • Variety of questioning
  • Providing relevant, engaging, learning opportunities and interesting stimuli
  • Higher order and abstract thinking (e.g. handling ambiguity and paradox)
  • Problem solving and enquiry
  • Tier 3 vocabulary explicitly taught and high quality oracy modelled and applied
  • Independent work and self-study
  • Development of metacognitive practices
  • Transfer of knowledge across disciplines
  • Challenge options are flagged up to students using the challenge symbol
  • High quality feedback focused on how to achieve ambitious targets.
  • Reading Lists
  • Signposting opportunities for students to develop their knowledge further through independent study

Extended Learning and Personal Development
With an enormous range of extended learning activities already available, there are plenty of opportunities to develop high prior attainers’ skills, using cross-curricular disciplines. 

Careers Education
We work with external organisations to ensure that students have a clear focus on their destination after Aureus. Professionals from local and national organisations are invited to speak to students in assemblies to explore their career pathways and explain their roles, particularly in the ‘STEAM’ subject portfolio. Each year we will create opportunities for students to visit or access Higher Education Institutions.

Provision of leadership opportunities
Students are encouraged and supported to participate a number of leadership roles. The Student Council is a position to aspire to and students have to rise to the challenge of representing the student body. Leadership roles may be offered in a range of disciplines - Sport, Design, STEAM and Languages will require different sets of skills.

More Able Programme
The progress and development of the More Able students is an ongoing research field at Aureus.  A carefully designed programme of assessment, intervention and evaluation enables staff to ensure that progress is on track for the More Able. These interventions can take the form of one-to-one progress checks, mentoring, the completion of a Scholars Passport (being updated for 2020-2021) and extra-curricular opportunities for debate and discussion.

Definitions
With the change in national context of how ability is identified, please see below an outline of agreed terminology with definitions from Ofsted.

More Able: high attaining pupils in pupils in primary schools

Most Able/High Prior Attainment (HPA): high attaining students in secondary school - students whose progress significantly exceeds age related expectations

Exceptionally Able: students who are performing above the Most Able.  Exceptionally able pupils are those who have the capacity to achieve or perform at the very highest academic levels.

Dual Exceptionality: this is a term for high performing students who also have a complex additional need, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder.

For further details on how to ensure your child makes progress in line with their expectations, click on the link below

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