What does Previously Higher Attaining (PHA)  Mean?

The DfE and Ofsted define the more able in terms of those whose progress significantly exceeds age related expectations. Exceptionally able pupils are those who have the capacity to achieve or perform at the very highest levels.  The defining terminology used within St Bede’s for more able pupils is ‘Previously Higher Attaining’ (PHA).  

At St. Bede’s, we aim to create an environment in which all pupils are encouraged to develop their full potential as individuals, spiritually, mentally and physically.  All pupils, including those with particular gifts or talents, have a right to an education that is suited to their specific needs and abilities.  

We strive to offer able pupils challenging and interesting work that stretches and extends their knowledge and skills.  We look for opportunities to recognise and celebrate excellence in all areas of the both the taught curriculum and beyond.  We want to help all our pupils prepare for the modern world by encouraging creativity, skills and critical thought.   

We seek to ensure that such pupils are identified within each area of learning and that those pupils then have the opportunity to gain access to experiences that will help to develop their talents in the best possible way. 

The school uses a number of strategies to identify ability and monitor achievement and progress. In addition to the use of verified test scores, able pupils are also identified through teacher nomination. When the nominations are received, these are then collated to form registers of PHA pupils, which are communicated to all staff so that the extended needs of the named pupils can be met.  

In addition to the thinking skills and extra provision activities, teachers are encouraged to provide PHA pupils with options for deepening their level of study. Providing open-ended tasks that allow pupils to explore a concept in their own way and control their own learning is a clear way to help more able pupils to flourish.  

In addition to provision in lessons, we also have a wide and varied programme of activities outside of the timetabled curriculum to help our pupils reach their potential. We also encourage pupils to extend their opportunities further by becoming involved in clubs and activities run by local organisations. 

If you have any questions regarding the provision for PHA pupils at St. Bede’s, please contact the Miss James, PHA Lead Teacher, or Mr Russell, the SLT member with responsibility for PHA provision.   

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Building Your Skills and Brain Power 

In this ‘Boost Your Brain’ section, you will find a range of PowerPoints designed to help you to improve your ability, train your brain and understand how it works. Most of the PPTs have short videos to watch, as well as useful tips and info to read.  

Here’s a quick overview of what you can study. 

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1. How does your brain work? 

Find out about how your brain actually works, how it keeps us alive, how fast thoughts are and even explore mini-brains that scientists have created in the lab! This PPT is very scientific but has some fascinating things in it. You’ll learn lots about your brain! 

2. How to be an original thinker 

Find out about how you can think outside the box and learn about how you can be successful by thinking in different ways. Learn to take risks and trust your instincts! There are some questions and behaviour tasks to try too. 

3. How to deal with Imposter Syndrome 

If, like Albert Einstein and Maya Angelou, you have ever felt that you don’t ‘deserve’ success or that your talents are all down to ‘luck’, then this is the one for you. Learn to celebrate your special skills – it’s okay to do well! 

4. Fixed and Growth Mindsets 

This PPT helps you to find out what sort of mindset you have. It also gives you pointers on how to develop a Growth Mindset, which is really helpful for achieving success! 

5. What is your Learning Style? 

This PPT and the related Word documents will help you to work out which Learning Style you are. When you find out, you can tailor your learning to fit your style and maximise your ability! 

6. Managing Stress and Learning to Relax 

This PPT talks you through ways to reduce stress and offers some great tips. It also looks at how to get good sleep and gives you useful links to the ChildLine website. 

7. Dealing With Mistakes and ‘Failure’ 

This PPT looks at some of the most famous, successful people in the world and shows you one thing they all have in common – failure at first! We then look at perfectionism and how to deal with mistakes and when things go wrong. It’s ok to make mistakes – don’t let them hold you back! 

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In this section you will discover a random selection of activities and interesting topics you can learn about and/or complete.

Please feel free to read the resources overviews below and then to view the content please click here

Building Your Skills and Brain Power 

In the ‘Building Your Skills and Brain Power’ folder, you will find a range of PowerPoints designed to help you to improve your ability, train your brain and understand how it works. Most of the PPTs have short videos to watch, as well as useful tips and info to read.  

Here’s a quick overview of what you can study. 

When you have finished reading the overview, please click here to view the resources!

1. Boosting Your Self-Confidence 

This short presentation guides you through how to build your confidence. It’s a small start, but everyone has to start somewhere!  

2. How to be Confident When Leading a Presentation 

Do you get nervous when talking in front of the class or doing a presentation? Find out about how you can build your confidence and present successfully without being nervous! 

3. Learn to Sketchnote 

Sketchnoting is a great way to make notes that involves drawings, symbols and arrows. It’s great if you find note-taking hard, if you’re a visual learner or if you enjoy doodling. You don’t have to be a good artist – don’t worry! 

4. How to practice effectively for just about anything! 

Whatever your talents are, you can help them to grow with effective practice. This PPT gives you tips to help you to maximise your ability and reach your goal, whatever it may be.  

5. Time Management and Study Skills 

Managing your time is very important as it helps you to work and relax better. This PPT guides you through the best ways to study so that your time is effectively organised.  

6. Boost your Thinking Skills with the TASC Wheel 

The TASC Wheel gives you a great way to organise your thinking. If you’re struggling with how to approach a big learning problem, give it a go! 

7. Tips for Memorising 

This PPT guides you through the best tips to memorise something. This is a great skill that will help you in exams and in your life in general. There are some poems to try memorising, but of course, you can use the skills for memorising anything you like! 


9. MENSA Games to Expand Your Mind 

Follow the links on this PPT to play a wide range of MENSA games – they’re very tricky and will really give your brain a workout! 

Now that you have finished reading the overview, please click here to view the resources!

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