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St Philip Evans Catholic Primary School

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More Able and Talented

More Able Pupils at St. Philip Evans Primary School


In Wales, the term ‘more able and talented’ refers to about 20% of pupils who require enriched and extended opportunities to develop their abilities or talents in one or more areas.


In every school, there are more able and talented pupils who require greater support in learning than that provided for the majority of pupils. These pupils include those who are more able across the curriculum and may be capable of achieving above the expected level in the end-of-key-stage teacher assessments. They also include those pupils who show ability or are particularly talented in one or more specific areas, such as music, drama, art or sport.

We plan our teaching and learning in such a way that we enable each child to develop their full potential academically, socially and spiritually. We respect the right of all children in our school, irrespective of differences in ability, to access a number of areas of learning, and to develop the knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes that are necessary for their development into ambitious, capable learners. 


MAT learners are identified by class teachers through our assessment procedures and this is reviewed annually. Their progress is tracked and regular inspections of their work is undertaken to ensure that appropriate challenge is being applied. 




NACE Award Reaccreditation

St Philip Evans was awarded the NACE Challenge Award in 2018 and reaccredited in December 2021.

The NACE Challenge Award


External accreditation of high-quality provision for more able learners

The NACE Challenge Award provides recognition of school-wide high-quality provision for more able learners within a context of challenge for all. Part of the NACE Challenge Development Programme, the Challenge Award provides:

  • External validation of school-wide high-quality provision for more able learners;
  • Evidence of impact aligned to other school improvement and accountability measures;
  • A clear action plan and ongoing support for continued improvement – including a free Challenge Check-in between accreditations;
  • Opportunities to work with and learn from other Challenge Award-accredited schools through publications, CPD, research and other initiatives.


More information for parents can be found here:


NACE Guidance for parents and carers

More Able and Talented Policy 2021

MAT Homework Project 


The MAT CHALLENGE PROJECT which is a different homework from the other pupils in their class.


The class teachers in Years 4, 5 and 6 have identified more able and talented children (MAT) to complete a homework project led by Miss Davies.


A new project will be set half termly and will be completed on a separate ‘MAT homework challenge project’ Google Classroom. The focus of this half term’s project is the Sustainable Development Goals. The MAT homework project aims to foster independence and provide an appropriate challenge when continuing their learning at home.


The children will complete their Mathletics, reading and spelling homework for their year group but rather than completing their year group’s main homework task, they will work towards completion of their project.


We will share more information about the Challenge Homework Project here:

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