Gifted and talented: The kid’s got talent, you know

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By Roger Smith — educational writer

Roger Smith explores a whole-school approach to meeting the needs of gifted and talented children

Gifted and talented

Employ a whole-school approach to meet the needs of gifted and talented children

The education of gifted and talented children needs to be addressed effectively. To achieve this, schools must:

  • have a specific policy in place
  • appoint a senior teacher with responsibility for their learning
  • ensure that both governors and teachers are asking questions about the children’s provision, and that this is reflected in the school improvement plan with appropriate budgetary allocation.

Whole-school approaches

1. School policy

Writing a school policy for gifted and talented children is extremely useful – but only if those who will implement it take part in producing it, so that it is both feasible and effective. As well as containing statements that will encourage a supportive ethos, the policy will also make sure that everyone understands what needs to happen in order for learners to achieve their full potential. Gifted and talented children will play a leading part in building tomorrow’s society. Therefore, the policy that will help them develop their talents needs to be written, implemented and then reviewed annually.

2. Identifying the gifted and talented

Although not an exhaustive list, many gifted and talented children can display the following:

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