A pioneering national initiative is launched by Department of Education and Skills Schools Minister Andrew Adonis to help teachers to identify and stretch some of the brightest children whose true potential may in the past have gone unrealised or have been masked by social disadvantage.
Under this plan, for the first time a national-scale database will be created in UK. There will also be an onus on schools to ensure that the background of their gifted and talented children should be broadly representative of the whole school population. The new register will cover all children identified as gifted and talented by their schools and provide data to encourage schools to consider children they have not so far identified. Schools are also being encouraged to identify the top 5 percent of 11-19 year-olds nationally, for registration at the National Academy for Gifted and Talented (NAGTY). There are some 200,000 of these – part of the wider gifted and talented population – and 100,000 have been registered with NAGTY to date.