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Q: Since the demise of bodies supporting and challenging Gifted and Talented students and families, what does the DfE see as the way forward for provision? What current policies and strategies can be referenced for guidance.
DfE answers: We belive that teachers should be raising aspirations and encouraging pupils to aim high. Under changes introduced by the previous government, the Gifted and Talented scheme became a school level led programme and continues to be so. The Pupil Premium is available to schools to focus on pupils from disadvantaged families, which could include gifted pupils in receipt of FSM.
We are encouraging Gifted and Talented pupils in other ways. For instance, the London Academy of Excellence, which will be a brand new sixth form free school in Newham. It is being set up by Brighton College - a highly successful independent school - with other independent schools. It is aimed at gifted pupils from disadvantaged areas.
We have also instigated in England the Dux Awards. They are designed to recognise top performance among Year 9 pupils and to raise aspirations in maintained schools by encouraging pupils to consider applying for a place at a top university. The word `Dux' means `leader' in Latin. Each secondary school in England can register one Year 9 pupil as their 2012 Dux Award winner, along with one `first reserve.' Dux Award winners will receive an expenses-paid trip for themselves and their teacher to a Russell Group university. Visits will take place during the summer term and the costs of supply cover, standard class travel and reasonable subsistence expenses will be reimbursed by the Department for Education. There's more information available here: http:www.education.gov.ukschoolspupilsupportinclusionandlearnersupp orta00205141duxawardfaq
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