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Thahseen Ali, Biology Teacher, King’s Rochester

Strategies for challenging the most able students in every classroom

[Even When Teaching A Mixed Ability Class]

  • How do you set high expectations in your class for the highest achievers to flourish?
  • How do you develop higher order thinking skills with your students?
  • Are you looking for new teaching approaches to challenge the more able students?

Ofsted have published a report asking whether more-able students were doing as well as they could in non-selective schools. The report called for higher expectations to be placed upon schools where more-able students were not achieving their full potential.

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Use your Pupil Premium to improve provision for the most able

Surprisingly , Ofsted have found that only 1/3 of schools visited are using pupil premium for the most able! Pupil premium funds are supposed to be for every learner on free school meals regardless of their prior ability.

The course will explore new teaching approaches for extending the most able students and helping them to develop their higher order thinking skills.

This has been amazing, as a single person department qualifying during a pandemic, I have learned so much today

Georgia Lloyd, Secondary Music Lead, The Community College‘Best School in Shropshire’

INSET Outline

Five ways to put challenge at the heart of every lesson

  • Understanding & removing barriers to learning for more able students
  • Embedding a ‘challenge culture’
  • The paradigm shift from differentiation to adaptive teaching

Meeting the needs of the most able students

  • Subject specific guidance and resources to support classroom practice
  • What does the research tell us?
  • Key strategies that work with the very able
  • Differentiation in action
  • Questioning skills

The development of higher order thinking skills

  • How to develop critical thinking skills
  • Encouraging the learning through argument
  • Enhancing problem solving skills
  • Reaching the top grades

Independent and creative learning: boosting the attainment of the most able

  • Encouraging creative thinking
  • Enhancing problem solving skills
  • Producing secure independent learners by introducing metacognition techniques
  • Encouraging a growth-mindset and independence


Joel Hampton, Most Able Coordinator, Lytchett Minster School

To register an interest or raise any questions about his course please use the registration form below or use our Enquiries page.


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