More Able Gifted and Talented

MAGT More Able Gifted Talented           

The NACE Challenge Award

In July 2006 Cheam High School became the first school in the borough of Sutton to achieve the Challenge Award. 
This prestigious award is given by NACE: the National Association for Able Pupils in Education, a leading national education organisation and registered charity established for 22 years. The Association exists to help the daily work of teachers providing for students with high abilities whilst enabling all students to flourish. 

We were reaccredited in 2010, then again in 2015, and then again in 2019, becoming the first school in the country to have been accredited for the fourth time.

Nace challenge award 2006 2022

Our MAGT provision

What does MAGT mean?

How do we identify MAGT students?

Who is responsible for MAGT at Cheam High School?

Miss Watson is the MAGT Coordinator for Key Stages 3 & 4 (Years 7-11).

Our MAGT Coordinator works to ensure outstanding provision for our MAGT students at Cheam High School. This includes closely monitoring and tracking the progress of MAGT students in terms of academic performance and ensuring that a comprehensive programme of enrichment opportunities is in place for them outside of lessons. The MAGT Coordinators work closely with each department to ensure that MAGT students are supported, stretched and challenged within lessons as well as conducting regular student voice activities to allow MAGT students to have their say and share their ideas on the provision for MAGT learners.  

What provision and support do we have in place?

At Cheam High School we recognise that our More Able, Gifted and Talented pupils need access to broad, balanced and challenging curriculum opportunities to enable them to reach their true potential. With this in mind, we aim to deepen the curriculum for the top 20% of our pupils. We achieve this by offering activities that extend and enrich their learning and promote high attainment and rapid progress. Many lessons are taught in ability settings which gives teachers the opportunity to differentiate their lessons to the invididual needs of their students. Where appropriate, pupils will move through their learning at a faster rate than their peers on accelerated courses or by studying at an advanced level, for example Further Maths for Year 11 students or the Extended Project Qualification for Sixth Form students.

Here are some examples of activities which we have run for our MAGT students as part of our programme of enrichment in addition to the challenge activities planned in lessons:

Y7 More Able Writer's day
Parents invited in for a talk on 'Supporting your MAGT child' (see presentation here)
Careers talk from a local historian and doctor

Next steps event for Yr 8

MAGT trip to Downe Scout Activity Centre

Summer school for Yr 6 students

Elevate Education - Study Skills Workshop (Y9, 10 & 11)

University Outreach: Oxbridge visit
University speakers visiting the school
Evening Lectures
'Women in STEM' event organised by a Year 13 EPQ student
MAGT Student Forum
Trip to CERN
MAGT trip to Downe Scout Activity Centre
TED talk for Y10 MAGT students
Growth Mindset and 'Stress' Workshops for students in Y10-13


Websites to support MAGT students and their parents:

The Literacy Trust
London G&T
Young Gifted and Talented
World Class Arena


Please click this link to access the NACE Essentials Guide for parents and carers of more able learners for further advice on how to support your child in achieving their potential: