Talent Development Approach
Like gems, potential or natural abilities need to be appropriately nurtured and developed before an individual can realise and achieve her potential with excellence. The goal of talent development in RGS is to help our students understand their own interests, strengths and potential, to know how to pursue and engage in the best talent development activities and for them to commit themselves to the development of their talents, so that they may become women of scholarship who will be the leaders of distinction committed to excellence and enterprise, in service of the nation and the community.
Our talent development programme follows Dr Treffinger’s Levels of Service (LoS) approach. Based on more than two decades of research, the four levels of services serve as a guiding framework for designing appropriate and challenging learning experiences. They range from a broad array of services for the school-wide population (Level 1) to those focused more specifically on the characteristics and readiness of students in specific talent areas that are demonstrated by a few (Level 4).
|Level of Services
“Discovering & Building”
|A variety of services are provided to expose students to different experiences, along with the provision of instruction in foundation-building skills and tools. Services constitute of content and processes that are appropriate and challenging for all students.
|* Raffles Programme academic curriculum
* Research Studies
* Speech and Drama
* Level-wide Service Learning
* Learning Journeys
“Curious & Exploring”
|Services provide opportunities for students to verify their motivation, competence and commitment to their areas of strengths, interest and curiosity. Services are either voluntary or invitational in nature.
|* Music Elective Programme
* Special Art Programme
* Regional Studies Programme
“Enthusiastic & Performing”
|Services respond to needs based on individual strengths, talents and sustained interests. Focus is on strengthening competence, confidence and commitment in the identified talent area. Services are more differentiated and responsive to students’ unique strengths and readiness in talent areas.
|* Raffles Academy 2.0
“Passionate & Soaring”
|Services are constructed to respond to the blossoming expertise of the students and provide an environment that supports and encourages students to self-initiate and self-direct services based on their personal talent area. Highly individualised services here require an extraordinary level of skills development and commitment.
|* Academic customisation and individualisation through the Individualised Education Plan (e.g. acceleration in specific disciplines, grade skipping)