What is the best way to support a high achieving child?

Gifted and Talented

It can be hard to know what the best course of action is to take if you have a child that is a particularly high achiever. Undoubtedly you want to ensure that you support them so that they can continue to perform at their best.


We’ve listed 5 things that you can do to support your child if they are considered a high achiever.


Speak to their school
Ensuring that your child’s school is able to provide the necessary support that your child will require if they are to be able to continue to progress academically is an important step. In the classroom environment, it is important that your child is still being challenged and is provided with enough work to keep their attention engaged.


Understand your child’s learning style
Understanding your child’s learning style will enable you and the school to provide them with the right environment to continue to develop and achieve their full potential. Their school should be able to assist you with identifying this.


Encourage them to broaden their horizons
There is a lot of focus on the core subjects, but for a child that is gifted, it is a good idea to keep their interests peaked by encouraging them to read about things happening in the wider world. It’s a great idea to engage them in world affairs and encourage them to develop an understanding of the environment around them.


Keep challenging them
Encourage your son or daughter to participate in activities that aren’t solely educational. Extra-curricular activities have been proven to increase academic performance, children learn and practise skills that will benefit their education whilst having fun and socialising with different groups of their peers.


Ensure they have time to relax and have fun
It is tempting with a gifted and talented child to constantly push them and encourage them to be focussed on studying, however, having time out from working is essential. Social skills are just as important as educational skills! Knowing how to relax from a young age will really help later in life with things such as exam pressure.


At Duncombe School, we are very proud to be the 409th school to be accredited with the National Association for Able Children in Education Challenge award, putting us in a select group of just 1.6% of schools across the UK. Making us not only one of the best schools in Hertfordshire, but in the country.


As a school, we work closely with NACE to help our teachers to provide excellent teaching and learning for able and gifted pupils. We provide personalised education to each student and do our utmost to ensure that they are challenged and supported to achieve their full potential. If you would like to learn more about our school you can request a prospectus or visit us on an open day.

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