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Caistor Grammar School Junior Athlete Education Programme. The Junior Athlete Education (JAE) programme is designed to support gifted and talented young athletes. Working with national governing bodies of sport (NGBs), and implemented through Sports Colleges and their partner schools, the programme helps young athletes achieve a balanced lifestyle of training, competitions, schoolwork, exams and family life Specially developed resources in lifestyle management, profiling and planning, as well as training teachers as JAE mentors for talented pupils in PE and sport, enable students to maximise their potential in both academic studies and sports performance. Integral to this is an education workshop for parents of talented young athletes. The Gifted and Talented Sports Performer. Gifted and Talented students perform at levels noticeably advanced for their year group. They will demonstrate the required knowledge, skills and understanding at the highest levels appropriate for their age. At CGS, we recognise gifted and talented students demonstrate not only exceptional physical ability, skill acquisition, development and performance, but in fact have exceptional ability in other aspects including evaluating and improving performance through leadership and the selection and application of advanced skills and tactics. The Junior Athlete Education Programme At CGS we are at the preliminary stages of implementing our Gifted and Talented policy. Registers are in the process of being developed and audits from Year 7 students are completed in their first term. Academically CGS students excel and as a Sports College we would like to see our student’s progress and achieve to the highest level in the sporting area of their choice. We currently have 3 specially trained JAE (Junior Athlete Education) Mentors. The mentors aims are to help our students and the people around them who influence them, to plan ahead to ensure that their sport, school work, social and family lives remain in balance. Our mentors will provide support and guidance to the gifted and talented athletes and assist them in the process of becoming independent thinkers. We know how important it is to achieve the right balance between all the factors that can affect our performers but also do not want to over-load them and burn them out. Pupils will be identified in each year after the first term and a cohort of pupils will be selected from Years 9-11 to become the new JAE group. Pupils in Years 7 and 8 will continue to be monitored and will be re-evaluated when they enter Year 9. Years 9-11 is a very crucial time for pupils and a time where they will require the greatest guidance and advice. As pupils move through the JAE programme in Year 12 they will have the knowledge and expertise to help assist in advising and guiding pupils who will be going through similar experiences as what they did. Denise Lewis offers this advice for budding athletes and staff at CGS feel that this epitomises what we are trying to create for our students. “Don’t try to specialise in any event too early, try out everything and most importantly of all enjoy it and stay focused. I would not be where I am today if I didn’t love the sport and the competition and that keeps me motivated. Be realistic, I would advise young people to keep studying – a sports person’s career can end overnight.” Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools, David Bell, said: "The start of the Olympics highlights how important it is to ensure that youngsters with a special talent for sport are given every opportunity to realise their potential through PE and school sport. "These talented pupils could well be our sporting stars of the future. PE and school sport can help give them the knowledge, understanding and skills they need when they make the choice of playing sport either recreationally or professionally. "Schools are committed to realising this goal through the Government's gifted and talented programme and this report finds some pupils are benefiting from this already." At CGS we monitor and evaluate performance of gifted and talented students through the involvement of students in self and peer assessments; end of key stage achievement; head of department reviews/ recommendations and involvement in National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY). Extension and enrichment work is offered through extra curricular clubs where a high level of cognitive skills is offered at master classes and also through access to NAGTY where appropriate. We also monitor and evaluate the provision for G&T students – the planning and delivery of the curriculum; class work and homework; differentiation opportunities in each subject area. However as we have stated previously we are very much concerned with the personal and social development of those identified as gifted and/or talented and monitor this area via the form tutor, Heads of Sections and JAE mentors. Strategies. In order to achieve effective Gifted and Talented students support, Caistor Grammar School has set up a programme that will endeavour to: Whole School Staff Raise awareness of CGS Gifted and Talented students through the distribution of CGS G&T register to all teaching staff. Mentors. Provide YST JAE mentor training to all interested parties (teachers and AOTTS) Gifted and Talented sports performer. Create a framework of support, which places the performer and their needs at the centre of the programme. Identify potential hot spots in anticipation of their occurrence. Offer individual and group mentoring at the discretion of the G&T student. Parent / Coaches. Communicate school requirements. Involve in the mentoring process.
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