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Title: Gifted and talented education: The English policy highway at a crossroads?
Authors: Koshy, V
Keywords: Gifted;Talented;England;Teachers policy
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Sage Publications
Citation: Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 36(1), 44 - 54, 2013
Abstract: In 1999, the British government launched an education program for gifted and talented pupils as part of its Excellence in Cities initiative (EiC) that was initially designed to raise the educational achievement of very able pupils in state-maintained secondary schools in inner-city areas. Although some activities targeting gifted children had already been initiated by various voluntary organizations over several previous decades, this was the first time that the topic of improved provision for these pupils had been placed firmly within the national agenda. This article provides the background to the English gifted and talented policy “highway” and an overview of what was expected of schools. How practitioners responded to the policy, their beliefs and attitudes toward identifying gifted and talented pupils, and the opportunities and challenges that arose along the way to the current crossroads are explored. The need to empower teachers to feel more confident in classroom provisions for gifted and talented pupils is identified along with the potentially pivotal role of action research and “pupil voice” in the process of continued professional development and support.
Description: Copyright © 2013 by Sage Publications. This is the author's accepted manuscript. The final published article is available from the link below.
ISSN: 0162-3532
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Dept of Education Research Papers

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