Gifted Children: Kent

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 14th December 2009.

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Photo of Damian Green Damian Green Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils at schools in Ashford constituency have participated in the gifted and talented programme in each of the last five years.

Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools)

The Department does not collect data about participation in gifted and talented programmes. Through the School Census, schools are asked to confirm the number of gifted and talented pupils they have identified. The following tables provide data on how many children were identified as gifted and talented in the January census between 2006, when the question was first asked, and 2009.

2006 records include secondary gifted and talented pupil data only. Otherwise, figures include primary(1) and secondary(1, 2) school data broken down by the number(3) and percentage of gifted and talented pupils.

Maintained primary schools( 1) ,( ) number and percentage( 2) of gifted and talented pupils( 3, 4)
Number Percentage
2006 n/a n/a
2007 980 10.1
2008 1,170 12.1
2009 1,150 11.8
State funded secondary schools( 1,5) , number and percentage of gifted and talented pupils( 2, 3)
Number Percentage
2006 370 5
2007 1,070 14.3
2008 1,280 16.9
2009 1,950 25.6
(1 )Includes middle schools as deemed.

(2 )The number of gifted and talented pupils expressed as a percentage of the total number of pupils in the same cohort.

(3 )Headcount of pupils.

(4 )Excludes dual registrations.

(5 )Includes CTCs and academies.

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