This resource helps practitioners identify gifted and talented pupils, resolve underachievement, develop strategies for gifted and talented pupils, and devise a tailored curriculum for able pupils.
Chapter 3: Underachievement
It is important to determine the reasons for underachievement in order to tackle it. While lack of appropriate educational provision and challenge contribute to underachievement, this may be linked to:
disability or disadvantage;
a desire to fit in with peers;
Even well-qualified and competent teachers sometimes fail to challenge their most able pupils, for example giving ‘extension’ work that repeats already mastered material. These pupils are occupied but not challenged, and some of them appear to be quite content ...