Higher Ability Learners – HAL

Higher Ability LearnersAs a school we aim to support our Higher Ability Learners by recognising their individual abilities and creating opportunities to add breadth, depth and pace to their learning.
We expect our HALs to set themselves a personalised target to concentrate on each term. The target is intended to deepen their understanding, extend their knowledge, share their ability, or spark their curiosity within a subject. It is not expected to be onerous or time-consuming, rather to complement their existing interest within their chosen subject. We encourage our HALs to share this target with subject teachers, form tutors and parents, to promote a dialogue about their interests and abilities.
Our Higher Ability Learners are nominated as a recognition of achievements and progress made so far. However it is not necessarily a guarantee that a pupil will remain a HAL throughout their time here, as relative ability does change over time. We would expect to see high levels of application and progress from every pupil and we review this annually.  
Our definition of a HAL is:
* Ability developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group (within Alsager School) or with the potential to develop this ability
* A strong interest in pursuing learning in the subject area
* An ability and desire to work and think independently and creatively in the subject area

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