To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the criteria are for access to the Gifted and Talented scheme; and what measures his Department has taken to ensure that selection for the scheme is fair and objective.
Secondary schools and post-16 institutions are asked to identify those pupils who meet the published criteria for the national top 5 per cent. by ability whether or not they were known to be registered with the former National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY). These criteria are at:
All primary and secondary schools and post-16 institutions are also asked to identify as gifted and talented pupils whose ability is developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group within that school/college, or who have the potential to develop such ability. Schools and colleges are expected to follow the Department's guidance at: