We've noticed some children being picked up who previously wouldn't have been identified so easily or with such clarity.
Mark Dakin, headteacher, St Giles Primary CE School

Hard to Spot Children

The Sutton Trust estimates that 15 per cent of highly able children fail to achieve results in the top 25 per cent at the end of their GCSEs.

The challenge for teachers in UK classrooms is making sure that every child reaches their full potential. One of the keys to achieving this is in identifying children who fall below the radar; those that slip by unnoticed because their behaviour and progress is 'good enough'. But in reality, they are not being stretched to achieve all they are capable of.

These are the 'hard to spot' pupils.

We have produced a new guide to helping ‘hard to spot’ children with contributions, strategies and ideas from schools across the UK and beyond. We hope you enjoy the read.

Who are the hard to spot children?

We spoke to a range of education experts and asked them 'How do you identify the 'hard to spot' children?'. This is what they told us.

Identifying the 'hard to spot' pupils

How can you identify the hard to spot children? How your curriculum can help and how you can use your data to help find them.

How can you support the hard to spot children?

Once you've identified who the hard to spot children are, how can you help and support them?

How do we support the ‘Hard to Spot'?

Matthew Savage answers the question to what extent can a child’s attitudes to learning be measurably improved?

Working with families

Educational Psychologist Poppy Ionides discusses how we work with families to improve outcomes for at risk children and fragile learners.

Girls with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties

John Galloway discusses how we can identify and support girls with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Using computerised assessment with SEND children

Jo Horne explores the advantages and disadvantages of using computerised assessments with special educational needs (SEND) children.