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TME School Enrichment Policy
 /  TME School Enrichment Policy

Introduction

This policy caters for all TMS students, but adds value to the curriculum for gifted and talented students by providing enrichment and challenge activities which will broaden students’ perspectives on learning.

Therefore, the focus of this policy is on inclusions and practices that support students to use higher order thinking skills and problem-solving based learning. Such activities should complement the TMS curriculum with the aim of deepening students’ knowledge and understanding.

The educational experience of students consists of both the formal curriculum and opportunities provided through extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. The enrichment activities provided by our schools should foster and support students’ personal, social, cultural, moral and spiritual development.

Aim of the Policy

This policy defines:

  • Extra-curricular and enrichment activities which play an essential part in enhancing the educational experience of all our students as well as supporting the development of non-cognitive skills and health and well-being
  • How we integrate enrichment activities into our schools to reflect the value we place, not just on academic achievement, but student involvement, enthusiasm and personal development
  • Our intention to provide and expand the provision of:
    • Cultural enrichment e.g. music, drama, art
    • Physical enrichment e.g. sports
    • Intellectual enrichment through various other activities, such as learning an additional language and science activities
    • Community Enrichment e.g. work experience, young enterprise
  • This over-riding aims are:
    • To develop student character and qualities in line with the TMS Learner Attributes Profile (See TMS Learner Attributes Policy)
    • To provide teachers and students with a clear understanding of the role of enrichment within the TMS curriculum and how it can be used to provide opportunities to develop TMS Learner Attributes
    • To broaden the educational experience of all TMS students
    • To provide opportunities to raise student self-esteem
    • To encourage a positive perception by students of school life
    • To raise aspirations and motivation of students
  • This over-riding aims are:
    • To develop learner character and qualities in line with the TME Learner Attributes Profile (See TME Learner Attributes Policy)
    • To provide teachers and learners with a clear understanding of the role of enrichment within the TME curriculum and how it can be used to provide opportunities to develop TME Learner Attributes
    • To broaden the educational experience of all TME learners
    • To provide opportunities to raise learner self-esteem
    • To encourage a positive perception by learners of school life
    • To raise aspirations and motivation of learners

Enrichment Activity Guidelines

General Guidelines

 

  • Enrichment activities should provide support to the formal curriculum
  • As wide a range of enrichment activities should be provided during the lunchtimes, during school (where these do not detract from implementation of the curriculum), after school and during school holidays
  • Enrichment activities should provide opportunities which support students’ achievement at each grade level
  • The range of activities on offer should provide opportunities for students of all ages, abilities and genders
  • School enrichment activities should be made known to students through notices and publications
  • All students should be encouraged to participate in enrichment activities
  • No student should be prevented from taking part in an enrichment activity

 

Teachers and Enrichment Activities

 

TME enrichment activities are dynamic. Therefore, there should always be opportunities for all teachers to contribute ideas for new sessions in every school. Each half term, all teachers should be asked by the school Head what they would like to run or participate in, during the following half term. Activities should be offered to specific grade levels or student groups across the whole age range within a school.

Teachers leading activities must provide the following information regarding their enrichment activities:

 

  • Overall aims and objectives of the activity
  • A week by week description of what students will do
  • Any costs involved and whether there will be a student contribution
  • Staffing and rooms or other areas in the school required

 

All students should be encouraged to be involved in the wide range of activities that can be made available.

 

Students may be catered for within the school by:

 

  • Ability groupings within classes
  • Providing students with opportunities to participate in enrichment activities within curricular and extra-curricular activities
  • Teacher involvement in the development of enrichment activities to extend learning from the classroom and setting high expectations for achievement

Curriculum Enrichment


Curriculum enrichment at TMS is focused on raising achievement by enabling students to:

  • Build on work done in class and give a real purpose for follow up work within the classroom
  • Work, learn and develop individually
  • Develop good study strategies
  • Support and work cooperatively with others
  • Take part in activities unavailable during the normal school day
  • Develop self-esteem
  • Enjoy a broader range of direct experiences of activities, people and places
  • Develop communication skills in English

 

Curriculum enrichment at TMS is focused on raising achievement by enabling students to:

  • Build on work done in class and give a real purpose for follow up work within the classroom
  • Work, learn and develop individually
  • Develop good study strategies
  • Support and work cooperatively with others
  • Take part in activities unavailable during the normal school day
  • Develop self-esteem
  • Enjoy a broader range of direct experiences of activities, people and places
  • Develop communication skills in English

 

Curriculum Enrichment activities at TMS should offer students:

  • Access to the most up to date equipment
  • Teachers to guide, help and support
  • Opportunities to learn new skills through the frequent and progressive use of facilities out of the classroom
  • A range of activities that broaden and strengthen our curriculum
  • Experiential learning through visits and visitors and use of outside spaces in a variety of settings and community spaces
  • Learning for and with creativity
  • Study skills development, especially thinking skills, research skills and problem-solving skills
  • An opportunity to develop and celebrate new skills

In-class Enrichment


There are four main supporting components to the maintenance and development of in-class enrichment at TMS

  • Developing habits of mind
    The aim of every lesson should be to provide a rich experience for the students so that they develop a ‘habit for learning’. To enrich lessons, teachers should embed creativity in lessons, create environments for stimulating questioning and discussion from students, strengthening resilience and persistence with learning, promoting reflection and developing skills for collaboration. This can be achieved in a variety of ways by teachers, from the use of innovative resources, providing exciting challenges and using a variety of teaching styles.

 

  • Specialist teachers and facilities
    TMS students have opportunities to learn from specialist teachers, including Robotics, STEM classes, sports and foreign languages) throughout the whole school year. For these enrichment activities, TMS has dedicated classrooms and facilities.

 

  • Activities
    Every day in school there should be a wide range of activities available for students to participate during and after school. The number of activities is continually being added to.

 

  • Broadening the Curriculum
    Each student should have opportunity available in school to extend their learning into areas beyond the curriculum in ways which develop Learner Attributes.

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