Teachers must ensure that all students, including the highest attainers, are challenged to achieve excellence. This demands certain attitudes, curriculum planning and in-class approaches.

What does it mean?

There are three main areas that need attention for you to get stretch and challenge right:

What are the implications for teachers?

Teachers should examine their mindset around challenge and consider their capacity to go further in each area. For example:

Adopt an explicit, bold ‘teach to the top’ mentality: find out who the highest attaining students are and then teach every lesson sequence with their needs in mind, never allowing them to find work too safe or too easy.

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