ERIC Number: EJ1005754
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
Gifted and Talented Education: The English Policy Highway at a Crossroads?
Casey, Ronald; Koshy, Valsa
Journal for the Education of the Gifted, v36 n1 p44-65 Mar 2013
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.
Descriptors: Talent, Gifted, Action Research, Special Education, Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement, Secondary School Students, Educational Policy, Teacher Attitudes, Identification, Role, Faculty Development, Secondary School Teachers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom