At Outwood Academy Portland, we believe that the learning of all of our students should be personalised, leaving students challenged, inspired and empowered by their learning. We know that students learn in different ways, and our teachers accommodate these different learning styles in their lessons. Our gifted and talented students are identified and monitored, to ensure they are suitably stretched and are reaching their maximum potential.
Gifted and talented students will achieve, or have the potential to achieve, at the highest levels in comparison with children at a similar age or stage in their education. Within the classroom, teachers stretch and challenge the pupils, helping students achieve their potential and develop key life skills. Our curriculum is designed to enable students to fast-track as appropriate, or opt for enrichment activities, giving the opportunity to broaden and extend knowledge and skills. Gifted and talented learners are encouraged to develop mentoring roles within the classroom. Outside of the classroom, the academy provides activities and experiences to extend its gifted and talented pupils. This could be as part of the extensive enrichment programme, which is offered to all students, or through specific activities, such as visits to universities and by outside speakers.