Challenging the most able students in all subjects

Strategies for challenging the most able students in every classroom

  • How do you set high expectations in your class for the highest achievers to flourish?
  • How do you develop higher order thinking skills with your students?
  • Are you looking for new teaching approaches to challenge the more able students?

Ofsted have published a report asking whether more-able students were doing as well as they could in non-selective schools. The report called for higher expectations to be placed upon schools where more-able students were not achieving their full potential.

Use your Pupil Premium to improve provision for the most able

Surprisingly , Ofsted have found that only 1/3 of schools visited are using pupil premium for the most able! Pupil premium funds are supposed to be for every learner on free school meals regardless of their prior ability.

The course will explore new teaching approaches for extending the most able students and helping them to develop their higher order thinking skills.

Course Outline

Five ways to put challenge at the heart of every lesson

  • Embedding a ‘challenge culture’
  • Cognitive conflict

Meeting the needs of the most able students

  • Subject specific guidance and resources to support classroom practice
  • What does the research tell us?
  • Key strategies that work with the very able
  • Differentiation in action
  • Questioning skills

The development of higher order thinking skills

  • How to develop critical thinking skills
  • Encouraging the learning through argument
  • Enhancing problem solving skills
  • Reaching the top grades

Independent and creative learning: boosting the attainment of the most able

  • Encouraging creative thinking
  • Enhancing problem solving skills
  • Producing secure independent learners by introducing metacognition techniques
  • Encouraging a growth-mindset and independence

To book your place, please email [email protected] with the title and date of the course along with your full name and school name.

Presenter Profile

Presenter John Medlicott

John Medlicott (@johnmedlicott) is the Director of JMC Education (, having held a number of key academic and pastoral leadership roles in schools and colleges. John still teaches in an Ofsted Outstanding School and has taught for over 20 years. As a teacher trainer & school improvement consultant he works with schools across the UK and internationally. He is regularly graded as “outstanding” by delegates on their evaluation forms. John has spoken recently on challenge and differentiation at a National Conference for Deputy Head teachers and is a regular Keynote speaker and workshop provider in School Leadership and Teaching and Learning.


“Great take-always , so many useful resources”

Thahseen Ali, Biology Teacher, King’s Rochester

“It was informative, constructive and invaluable for me”
Melanie Westlake, Head of Science, Saint Felix School

Cost: £250 per delegate; £299 for 2 teachers from the same school booking on this course

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